Sticks and stones may break your bones but it’s the harder-to-spot bone conditions that we need to watch out for as we age.
Bones are living tissue, growing and developing from birth.
By the time we reach our early 20s, our bones have reached their strongest state.
After the age of 35, our bone density starts to decrease.
For women, bone density can rapidly decline after menopause.
The bone disease osteoporosis can weaken bones as young as 50.
And it is a disease, not a natural part of ageing.
More common than breast and cervical cancer combined, its symptoms often go undetected.
Despite this, there are still many things you can do to make sure your bones stay as healthy as possible
What does it mean?
Translating literally to “porous bone”, osteoporosis occurs when your bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them.
This results in bones becoming brittle and prone to fracture.
As bones become thinner and more porous, even a tiny bump or fall can cause the bone to break.
Although any bone can be affected, the most common injury sites are the hip, spine and wrist.
Often people accept back aches and pains as a part of ageing but these are often the subtle symptoms of osteoporosis.