Building healthy bones throughout life. An evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia has been published by MJA Open and authored by Osteoporosis Australia.
1.2 million Australians have osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million have osteopenia. Fragility fractures cost our economy billions of dollars per year. The main recommendations from this document are that:
- Daily dietary calcium intakes should be consistent with Australian & NZ guidelines
- Serum levels of vitamin D in the general population should be above 50 nmol/L in winter or early spring
- Regular weight-bearing physical activity, muscle strengthening exercises and balance activities should be undertaken.
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