Bone Health has been in the news recently because of World Osteoporosis Day. I am aware of it for many reasons:
1 Following a diagnosis of osteopenia in 2016, I decided to do some research and educate myself.
2 I followed that up by writing a blog post about how to look after our bone health.
3 Taking part in a photo-shoot this month with other 60+ women (pictured below with model Mary Dunne and TV personality Mary Kennedy) means I am keen to spread the message about the importance of bone health.
You might notice the bubble wrap on our clothes. How clever is that? The concept for the shoot is that we need to protect our bones. The stylist was the lovely Jan Brierton and the bubble-wrap collection was designed by Richard Doran.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Ageing and Menopause go hand-in-hand when it comes to bone health.
The loss of oestrogen is detrimental to bone health and so women are more vulnerable following the menopause.
WHAT WE CAN DO
1. Eat a varied diet, rich in vegetables, protein, healthy fats.
2. Supplement if necessary.
Take Vitamin D and magnesium. Magnesium plays a key role in converting Vitamin D into the active form that promotes calcium absorption.
I get my recommended calcium from my food. You may choose to supplement.
3. Take weight-bearing exercise.
I walk and do some yoga/pilates
I should use weights. It is on my list.
4. Keep a healthy weight. If you are too thin you are more at risk.
5. If you smoke, give up. I never did. Well actually that is a lie. When I was about 12 my sister and I stole a cigarette from my mother and were puffing away when she caught us. She made us inhale (I still remember my throat burning) and insisted we finish the cigarettes. Then, when we were coughing and spluttering, she gave us milk. We were as sick as dogs. Another cigarette never touched my lips.
6. Cut back on alcohol. Ok, I am trying. But I do like a GIN!
You are never too young to think about your bones.
There is plenty more to learn and I advise you all to have a dexa scan if you are menopausal or if it is in your family. Do your research. Love your bones.
Photo credit: Evan Doherty
Stylist: Jan Brierton
Bubble-wrap designer: Richard Doran