OSTEOPOROSIS is a silent epidemic and often goes undetected until someone suffers a fracture. Our expert gives top tips on how to keep your skeleton strong.
Here’s what you need to know about your bones:
How bone loss occurs
By your late twenties you will have reached your “peak bone mass”. It stabilises in your thirties and forties and then starts to decline after this. “Following the menopause, women’s risk increases partly because oestrogen levels decline and this hormone plays a vital role in keeping bones strong,” says Sarah Leyland, senior nurse with the National Osteoporosis Society. An unhealthy lifestyle – smoking, lack of exercise and drinking too much – also play a part.