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YOUR GOOD BONES INSURANCE POLICY

It’s never too soon (or too late) to start thinking about your bone health. Making the right diet and exercise choices now can protect against fractures later in life

IT’S EASY TO ASSUME THAT osteoporosis only affects other (more fragile) people, but one in two women and one in five men over 50 in the UK will break a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. With around three million people suffering from osteoporosis (sometimes called brittle bone disease), the condition occurs when the strength of bones – known as bone density – declines, with the result that they become weaker and more likely to break under fairly minimal pressure, such as a fall.

The problem is that you probably won’t know your bone density has declined until you suffer a fracture. Breaks of the wrist, hip and spine are the most common and these can be debilitating, particularly if you’re also coping with other medical conditions or are elderly. A hip fracture, for example, can mean a long hospital stay and possible loss of independence.

Osteoporosis doesn’t happen overnight, though. In fact, the diet and exercise choices you make throughout your life will have a bearing on your risk once you hit middle age. So it’s important to think about your bone health at every age, and it’s also good to know it’s never too late to take action to improve it.

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Can you reverse type 2 diabetes through diet? In the June issue of Healthy Food Guide, our experts look at the latest claims by the creator of the 5:2 diet. Also, find out if your medication could be causing your weight gain, and discover the best diet and exercise choices for long-term bone health. Plus, gluten-free baker Phil Vickery shares his failsafe bread recipes and we help you fill up on the latest grain bowl trend.
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