Can you prevent osteoporosis?
Completely preventing osteoporosis isn’t as straightforward as we might hope and can never be guaranteed. However, we can all make ourselves more aware of what causes osteoporosis, our own risk of developing osteoporosis, and what we can do to help our bones stay stronger for longer.
We build our future bone strength when we’re young, during childhood, adolescence and early adulthood, when our skeleton is still growing. Maximising bone strength when we’re young will leave us in a better position to withstand the natural bone loss that occurs as we grow older.
Although our bone density naturally begins to reduce as we age—making us more likely to develop osteoporosis—it’s important to remember that it’s never too late to adopt a more ‘bone-friendly’ way of living to help our bones stay stronger for longer.
Our bone strength is a combination of the quantity and the quality of our bone tissue. Overall bone strength can be impacted by our diet, activity levels, lifestyle and other proven osteoporosis risk factors.