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Menopause and your bone health

It’s normal for women to gradually lose bone density from the age of about 35. But after the menopause bone loss speeds up. Women can lose up to 20% of their bone density in the five to seven years after the menopause. This makes post-menopausal women more at risk of osteoporosis (weak bones) and fractures. […]

Boost your child’s bone health

How children’s bones grow Children’s bones keep growing throughout childhood. They grow fastest of all very early in life and when children go through puberty. The bones keep getting denser until they reach what’s known as ‘peak bone mass’. This usually happens between the ages of 18 and 25. The denser your child’s bones are […]

Keep your bones strong over 65

It’s true that our bones tend to lose strength as we get older. But even in later years there is plenty we can do to slow down bone loss and avoid the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. “Fractures related to osteoporosis mainly occur later in life and we’re all living longer – men and women,” says Sarah […]

Exercises for strong bones

The best exercises for building and maintaining strong bones are weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening activities. Weight-bearing exercises are any activity performed standing up, such as walking, running and dancing. When your feet and legs support your weight, your bones have to work harder, making them stronger. Muscle-strengthening exercises are any activity that requires your muscles to […]

Food for strong bones

A healthy balanced diet will help you build strong bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life. You need sufficient calcium to strengthen your bones and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium. Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a […]

Are you at risk of breaking a bone?

Work out if you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone in the next 10 years. The online Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) uses a range of risk factors to predict a person’s risk of fracture because of weak bones. The self-assessment tool gives a 10-year probability of a fracture in the spine, […]

The recipe for strong bones for life

Bone health is a bit like saving for your pension: hard to get excited about when you’re young but the sooner you start, the better. Taking care of your bones is a lifelong investment that will pay dividends by helping you to stay fit and independent later in life. Like pensions, it’s never too late […]

Are you at risk of falling?

Take this simple test to work out if your risk of falling is considered ‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’. This self-assessment is based on the Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) used by healthcare professionals to help identify at risk patients aged 65 and over. Based on long-term studies on falls, FRAT has shown in good quality […]

How a well-fitted sports bra can reduce breast pain

Movement of a woman’s breasts during exercise can range from 4cm during a walk to 15cm when running, researchers have found. This multi-directional movement can cause breast pain, which affects one in three women, according to a University of Portsmouth study. Not only can exercising with poorly supported breasts cause pain and sagging, it can cause […]

Healthy breakfast cereals

With shelves stacked top to bottom with hundreds of brightly coloured boxes competing for your attention, supermarket breakfast cereal aisles can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield. Make the wrong choice and you or your child could end up with a breakfast cereal high in sugar, fat or salt, which if eaten too often can contribute […]

Kidney infection

The best way to prevent a kidney infection is to keep your bladder and urethra free from bacteria. These self-help tips explain how you can do this. Drink plenty of liquids Drinking plenty of liquids, particularly water, will help to wash bacteria from your bladder and urinary tract. Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry extracts may also […]

9 medical reasons for putting on weight

Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an underlying health condition. Here are nine medical reasons that can cause weight gain. Underactive thyroid An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) means that your thyroid gland […]