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Management of Osteoporosis

Woman exercising to manage Osteoporosis

Current management of osteoporosis includes drug management, nutritional supplements, physical activity and lifestyle modification.

It is important that you have a healthy balanced diet containing enough calcium, as well as all the other vitamins, minerals and nutrients our bones need. Vitamin D is essential as it helps the body absorb calcium. The best source of this is sunlight, which your body uses during the summer months to manufacture this vital vitamin in your skin. Smoking has a toxic effect on bone; it stops the construction cells producing new bone which is why it is important to give up. Reducing your alcohol intake is also important as excessive alcohol consumption is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis. Regular weight-bearing exercise is important and can help your bones to grow stronger. Most osteoporotic fractures occur as the result of falls, so reducing the likelihood of falling significantly reduces the risk of fracture. The team at Central Health Physiotherapy will be able to advise you on which exercises are safe to perform, especially for frailer people. Our Osteoporosis Service is at our St John’s Wood clinic.  For further information, email [email protected] or call 020 7404 6343

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