Our bones are living, active tissues that are constantly broken down and remodeled. Oestrogen is a hormone which plays an important role in developing and maintaining bone mineral density. However, during the menopause there is a reduction in the amount of oestrogen we produce. Research suggests that women can lose 20% of their bone mass 5-7 years post menopause!
Poor bone health makes us more likely to develop conditions such as osteoporosis which is a condition where bones become thin and fragile, meaning that they are more likely to fracture and/or break.
We can promote good bone health by engaging in regular weight-bearing (e.g. walking, dancing, running) and muscle-strengthening exercises (e.g. bodyweight exercises) and by enjoying a healthy balanced diet high in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K and phosphorus.
Females (and males!) of all ages and abilities should be aware of the importance of bone health. An active lifestyle across the lifespan is key - especially as we age!
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Yours in health,
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