Personal trainer blog: osteoporosis

The BBC news health is running a report telling us more about osteoporosis. We know that being osteoporotic can put us at risk of a fracture – so, how can we work out the risk and what can we do about it?

Are you at risk?

If you answer ‘yes’ to more than one of these questions, then you may be more at risk of developing osteoporosis:

  • Has anyone in your family ever been diagnosed with osteoporosis?
  • Have you ever broken a bone after a minor bump or fall?
  • Are you female and aged over 50?
  • Do you drink more than three units of alcohol a day?
  • Do you miss out on summer sunlight (through being housebound, avoiding the sun, always covering your skin or wearing sunscreen)?
  • Do you miss out on doing at least 30 minutes of activity five times a week?Source: National Osteoporosis Society

To help keep your bones healthy you should:

  • stop smoking
  • cut down on alcohol
  • do more exercise
  • eat a healthy diet containing calcium-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables and dairy products

How about holding yourself to account for those four things? Decide right now to cut down on the risk.

Marion Foreman

About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.