Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teen boys, according to a new study from Norway. The findings clearly show that sedentary lifestyle during adolescence can impact on bone mineral density and thus compromise the acquisition of peak bone mass. This can have a negative impact in terms of osteoporosis and fracture risk later in life. The skeleton grows from birth to the end of the teen years and bones reach their maximum strength and size in early adulthood. Nutrition and physical activity are major factors in bone growth. Therefore, the findings here that a sedentary lifestyle may cast a negative impact on bone health in adolescents is not surprising.
Adolescent should be encouraged to live a more active lifestyle and embrace outdoor activities more as the benefits are likely to be more far ranging than what we thought.
About one in five men older than 50 will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis, but levels of awareness about osteoporosis risk and bone health in males are unfortunately extremely low.
Women aged 65 years and older are routinely recommended for bone density testing to screen for osteoporosis, but it has been unclear which women between ages 50 and 64 should receive screening. The US Preventative Task Force recommends women age less than 65 whose 10-year fracture risk is equal or greater than that of a 65 year old woman without additional risk factors, should receive screening for osteoporosis. Using this strategy, a recent study found that this would only identify 34 percent of women who actually had bone mineral density in the osteoporosis range, potentially missing a large proportion of cases.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease afflicting many people. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime, as will 1 in 5 men. The results of this study underscore the importance to screen patients for osteoporosis more opportunistically as a wide range of therapeutic options are available nowadays to treat the disease effectively.
Sunlight may help to reduce high blood pressure, a danger factor for heart attacks and stroke, a study published in a specialist journal said recently. Adequate sun exposure are well known to boost vitamin D levels in the body, with a positive effect on bone health. Recent studies have established a link between vitamin D deficiency and metabolic disorders (a group of disorders including hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol problems that increases the risk of heart disease). While too much of a good thing may not be good (excessive sun exposure are a risk for skin cancers), some amount of sun might just be helpful for your bones and metabolic profile.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease, marked by brittle bones. The perils of osteoporosis lies in its risk of fractures. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will 1 in 5 men.
One of the most debilitating osteoporotic fractures happens in the hip. Data from Singapore show that the mortality rate one year post hip fracture is approximately 20% to 27%. Of the survivors, 20% become semi or fully dependent and 39% experience reduced mobility.
This is a major public health problem in Singapore especially when the proportion of the aged is increasing. While there are many effective pharmacological therapy to treat osteoporosis, some simple lifestyle changes will impact quite significantly on your bone health. Here are a few good advice.