Posted on Tue Jan 29, 2019
Osteoporosis is becoming far too common here in the UK; over 3 million people are suffering from soft bones and being prone to fractures with age.
We have all heard that “prevention is always a better option than treatment”, and in the case of osteoporosis it couldn’t be more true.
Up until the age of 18 you’re growing and minerals are packed into your bones to make them strong. For the majority of your life the bone content with the minerals is maintained, but as we get older (over 50 years) there are natural changes happening in our body. There is a gradual decline of minerals within your bones which make them softer and more prone to fracture damage.
If osteoporosis runs in your family, or you think you are at risk the first step is to get a DEXA scan, this can show you by X-ray what your current bone density is, and help you learn what the future risks are.
Our genes and family history play an important part in determining our bone health; however we can take actions to prevent the risk of osteoporosis by simple lifestyle changes.
As well as these factors, there are a number of other factors that are important in your bone health. For example smoking, alcohol, body weight, fatty acids, vitamin C, magnesium and many other vitamins & minerals!
Learning how to take care of your bones to prevent the risk of osteoporosis is the greatest investment in yourself. This will help you to live the life you want, spending time with your loved ones for longer.
We offer affordable diagnostic imaging in London’s world-renowned Harley Street medical district. If you need a scan, we’re an efficient, affordable and quick option, with MRI scans from £250, Ultrasound from £265, X-ray from £55 and DEXA from £95. Patients can self-refer for DEXA scans by downloading our self-referral form and sending it to us.
Find out more about prevention of osteoporosis by contacting Peck Nutrition who offer a wide range of structured programmes and one-to-one consultations.
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