Managing good bone health

OSTEOPOROSIS is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become fragile and more likely to break. It has no symptoms, so the first clue could be that you've fractured a bone.

Whether you have osteoporosis or just want to build strong bones for the future, there are several things you can do to maintain your bones.

Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones. Women and men aged 19 and over are recommended to have 1000mg of calcium a day, while women over 50 and men over 70 are to have 1300mg a day. Calcium is found in a number of different foods including dairy foods, green leafy vegetables and tofu.

If you can't get the recommended amount of calcium from your diet you may need a calcium supplement, particularly if you have low bone density. Osteoporosis Australia recommends taking a maximum of 500-600mg of calcium per day. Talk to your doctor about whether you need a calcium supplement and what the right dose is for you.



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