What Is Osteoporosis? 'Osteo' means bone & 'porosis' means porous, or "empty". Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones and causes the bones to become thin and fragile and are therefore more likely to break.

Osteoporosis is a more common disease than you may think with one in three Australian women over the age of 45 developing osteoporosis and one in three men over the age of 60 will have an osteoporotic fracture. By ensuring adequate calcium and vitamin D intake in your diet, you can help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.

How to prevent Osteoporosis and keep your bones as healthy as possible:

1. Have your bones Bone Density Tested | Bone Density Testing can provide the direction of your bone health and early intervention can minimise the risk of progression toward age related osteoporosis. Consultants frequent at YouSave Chemist stores, providing a bone density test plus information about the importance of bones for overall health. Contact your nearest YouSave Chemist store to find if a consultant is visiting a store near you.

2. Take a Calcium Supplement | With different formulas available, calcium supplements are a simple way to help you meet the recommended daily intake of calcium and vitamin D. Taking a calcium supplement such as Caltrate can help reduce Calcium deficiency.

3. Exercise Frequently | Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or jogging will help minimise your risk of age related osteoporosis occurring. No matter what age you are, partake in age and lifestyle appropriate weight-bearing exercise to help prevent osteoporosis from occurring.

Have you got Osteoporosis? How do you manage life with Osteoporosis. We'd love to hear your experience and thoughts on what can be a debilitating condition. Likewise for those wanting to avoid the condition, what precautions are you taking.

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It's important to note, that Osteoporosis is not Arthritis. Both are different medical conditions, and while it is possible to have both osteoporosis and arthritis, they require different treatment.

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