What Is Osteopenia?
Osteopenia may be diagnosed if you have lower than normal bone density, but it is not low enough to be classed as osteoporosis. If you have osteopenia, you should also take steps to protect your bones.
How to Protect Your BonesBoth men and women can reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis by looking after their bone health in the following ways:
- Eating a healthy diet with an adequate daily calcium intake
- Getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D from foods, sun exposure or supplements (if required)
- Quitting smoking
- Reducing alcohol and coffee intake
- Getting regular exercise , particularly weight bearing activities (walking, tennis, jogging) and strength training
For more information on protecting your bones and preventing fractures call our free Infoline on 1800 011 041 and speak to one of our health educators or download an osteoporosis booklet.