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8 things you didn’t know about Osteoporosis

It’s World Osteoporosis Day and the general facts surrounding Osteoporosis have been established. However we thought why not dig a little deeper and find some unpopular facts.

1. Biological factors

Asian and Caucasian women are at a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis as they have a 5-10% lower bone density than Mediterranean, Black and Hispanic women or those of Aboriginal descent. Women with fair skin, freckles, red or blonde hair are also at a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis.

2. Alcohol consumption

Studies show that women who consume two or more alcoholic drinks daily decreases the rate of calcium absorption which could lead to bone loss.

3. Sodium levels

There seems to be a relationship between high sodium intake and bone loss, particularly in those who already suffer from high blood pressure.

4. Caffeine levels

Caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption, so cut down on the coffee and save your bones!

5. Broken bones

Breaking a bone due to Osteoporosis is different than broken bones in those without the disease. Osteoporotic bones heal more slowly and less completely than normal bones.  Explained as a lack of materials essential for healing and fewer bone minerals.

6. Body weight

Having a BMI of 20 or less is linked to an increased risk in developing Osteoporosis. Women who are overweight have a lower risk of Osteoporosis because fat cells produce estrogen.

7. Astronauts

Astronauts are at risk from developing Osteoporosis due to periods of prolonged weightlessness.

8. High risk in Women

Osteoporosis is the 4th leading cause of death in women due to complications in bone fractures, following heart disease, cancer and stroke.

If you or a loved one is concerned about bone health, Chelsea Medical Clinic provides specialist services which can be located here, as well as a GP service up until 9PM – even on weekends. To book an appointment click here or call us on 0207 838 6180.

We look forward to seeing you.

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