I re­cently had a fall and frac­tured a bone. How can I im­prove my bone strength?

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“A bro­ken bone after a fall may be a sign that your bones aren’t as strong as they used to be and could sug­gest that you have os­teo­poro­sis,” says Rose To­son, spe­cial­ist nurse at the Na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis So­ci­ety.

“If you sus­pect you have frag­ile bones, talk to your doc­tor about a bone health check. This will re­view var­i­ous fac­tors which af­fect bone health, such as fam­ily his­tory, diet and life­style and you may be of­fered a bone den­sity scan. If your risk of break­ing fur­ther bones is sig­nif­i­cant, a drug treat­ment may be used to help strengthen them and re­duce the chances of fur­ther frac­tures.

“Post-menopausal women are most prone to de­vel­op­ing os­teo­poro­sis. Healthy liv­ing is im­por­tant for build­ing strong bones, so do plenty of weight-bear­ing ex­er­cise and eat a well-bal­anced, cal­cium-rich diet, stop smok­ing and limit your al­co­hol in­take. Ex­er­cis­ing is es­sen­tial as you get older, not only to im­prove bone strength but to keep mus­cles strong, which helps prevent falls.”

Find out your os­teo­poro­sis risk by tak­ing a quick test on the Na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis So­ci­ety’s web­site www.nos.org.uk or call the spe­cial­ist nurse helpline on 0808 800 0035.

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