Osteoporosis meeting tonight

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens will hold a series of community awareness meetings about Osteoporosis, beginning tonight at the Elmslie Church Hall from 7.30pm.

Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones that occurs over time for most people. Although, most common in women, it can also affect men as they age and is associated with 1.2 million bone fractures each year.

On hand will be a panel of medical practitioners who will speak on risk factors, symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis. Experts will also be present to provide current information on the latest drugs, diet and supplementary vitamins available on the market.

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that weakens the bones and robs individuals of their independence. The following five steps can optimise bone health and help prevent osteoporosis: (1) Get the daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D; (2) Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise; (3) Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol; (4) Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health; and (5) have a bone density test and take medication when appropriate.

For more information about tonight’s meeting, call Belinda Blessitt Vincent on 526-5035.