Living with osteoporosis
If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may be wondering what it means for you and whether normal daily activities could result in broken bones.
It is natural to have a range of thoughts and feelings about how to cope with being at an increased risk of breaking a bone.
If you are finding it difficult knowing that your bones may be more prone to fracture, or if you are struggling with the impact of fractures on your life, contact our free osteoporosis Helpline and talk your worries through with one of our specialist nurses.
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I have osteoporosis, now what?
It’s important to remember that an osteoporosis diagnosis doesn’t mean the same for everyone. It doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to break a bone, either.
Your overall bone strength is a combination of the quantity of your bone tissue (bone density) and quality of your bone tissue. Some people will have low bone density within the osteoporosis range but may never experience a fracture because their bone is good quality. Other people will have a higher bone density but lower quality of bone, meaning they are more likely to experience fractures.
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Positive changes for your bones
However scary it may seem at first, try to think of an osteoporosis diagnosis as something that prompts positive action for your bones.
Now is the time for you to make informed decisions about your lifestyle and effective drug treatments, to help reduce your risk of fractures in the future.
Review your diet
A healthy, balanced diet is essential for good bone health, at all stages of life. Follow the advice in the ‘eatwell guide’, and make sure you have enough protein – low levels of protein seem to increase the risk of hip fracture.
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Remaining active is particularly important in those people who have broken bones as a result of osteoporosis. Not only is it good for general wellbeing, but it can help bones stay stronger for longer and improve balance and coordination, lowering the risk of a fall.
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Consider your other lifestyle choices
Whilst there are some risk factors that contribute to our likelihood of breaking a bone that we can’t control, some are down to the lifestyle we choose to lead.
More about osteoporosis risk factors
Understand your treatment options
It's important to understand all your treatment options, to inform decisions on which type of treatment is right for you to help manage your condition. This can include drug treatments, medication and therapies for pain relief, and complementary therapies.
More about treatments for osteoporosis