Dr Mahmud pointed out that every year there are over 500,000 osteoporosis-related fractures, and every month, 1,100 deaths occur following a hip fracture.
Based at London Osteoporosis Clinic, Dr Mahmud is adamant that osteoporosis is “reversible”.
What is osteoporosis?
Dr Mahmud explained osteoporosis is when the bones gradually become more fragile.
“The right combination of lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, exercises can halt the progression of bone loss and even increase bone density in some cases,” he said.
While prevention is indeed the best course of action, there are crucial steps that can help if you already have the condition, said Dr Mahmud.
Dr Mahmud’s tips to prevent and even reverse osteoporosis
Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is an essential part of the prevention of osteoporosis and other related conditions, to promote bone growth and keep your bones healthy.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which does not just benefit your bone health, but your health overall.
Bones can also be made stronger through exercise, so at least two-and-a-half hours a week of exercise is recommended for improved strength.
Osteoporosis prevention and bone health can be improved at any age – do not feel it is too late, and consult a GP or healthcare provider for advice on how to improve your bone health.
In order to check your bone density and overall bone health, tests can be conducted, meaning you can have an idea of your situation and if you need to take action.
Ask your healthcare provider where and when you can take a bone density test.
Dr Mahmud said: “Osteoporosis prevention and bone health can be improved at any age.
“Do not feel it is too late, and consult a GP or healthcare provider for advice on how to improve your bone health.”
The London Osteoporosis Clinic offers a comprehensive Bone Revive Programme, which helps patients manage and reverse their osteoporosis.