1.2 million Australians are estimated to have osteoporosis and further 6.3 million have low bone density .
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the strength of the bones (literally it translates as porous bones), caused by a weakening of the structures inside the bones. More likely to be found in older people (especially women), nutrition plays a significant part in both preventing osteoporosis during your lifetime and minimising the condition once diagnosed (often by fracturing a bone).
How can a dietitian help?
An Accredited Practising Dietitian can assist and tailor a diet to help with preventing or reducing osteoporosis. A Healthier You dietitian will:
measure your body composition and understand your comprehensive diet history to help identify your overall calcium intake
identify ways to increase your calcium intake
work with alternative calcium sources for those who are lactose (dairy) intolerant
identify ways to ensure an adequate intake of Vitamin D (which helps calcium absorption)
assist with ways to improve exercise (especially weight bearing)
reduce other risk factors in your diet including smoking and alcohol intake
Visit a Healthier You dietitian to help help reduce the effects of osteoporosis and lead your life as a healthier you.