Exercise is a must for bone health at every age and it’s never too late to get moving! As exercise strengthens bones and muscles, it can help in the prevention of falls and fall-related fractures. Additionally, exercise also improves balance, coordination and flexibility which all help in fall prevention.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, walking and weight lifting are two of the best exercises for building and maintaining bone density.
- Walking makes you work against gravity while staying upright
- Weight lifting makes you work against gravity in a standing or sitting position
Whilst osteoporosis cannot be cured, medications can be useful in on-going management of the disease and improvement overall quality of life. The right osteoporosis medication is dependent on many factors and your healthcare practitioner will be able to assist in prescribing a medication that’s right for you should this be required.
Some factors that may influence choice of medication include:
- Age – certain medications are more appropriate for postmenopausal women
- Sex – some medications are specifically formulated for women
- Disease progression – your healthcare practitioner will take into consideration this and any other health concerns that you may have when recommending a medication for you
- Personal preferences – medications are available in a variety of formats