An astounding 2.2 million Australians have low bone density or osteoarthritis.1 Worldwide, one in five men and one in three women over 50 will break a bone due to low bone density and even worse, one in five will die following a bone fracture.2 Optimal bone health is the foundation for your overall health and quality of life. Luckily, making bone health a priority is not too difficult - when you know how.
There are 206 bones of the adult human skeleton, upon which all the soft tissues rest. Bones, working with muscles, joints, tendons, blood vessels and nerves help your body move, allowing you to accomplish daily activities and the enjoyable pursuits of life. Your bone structure protects vital organs such as the brain, lungs, and heart, and stores minerals your body needs.
The following characteristics may make you more likely to have low bone mass.3 Some are out of your control, but others you can avoid with proper lifestyle choices:
Poor bone strength can lead to osteoporosis and frailty that can seriously limit your mobility and even shorten your life.6 Strong bones, on the other hand, might help reduce potential fractures and can contribute to mobility and activity level. Staying active may help you combat or recover from other potential health issues as well.
If you are interested in further reading about bone health, check out resources offered from the Osteoporosis Australia (https://www.osteoporosis.org.au/), Musculoskeletal Australia (https://www.msk.org.au/) and International Osteoporosis Foundation (www.iofbonehealth.org).* These, among others, are great places to find a variety of relevant information.
* Zimmer Biomet is not affiliated with these websites and neither endorses or verifies the accuracy of the content thereon.