P253 CEEFAX 253 Wed 3 Feb 21:04/31   1/3                FRAGILE BONES Osteoporosis is a bone disease which affects one in four women and one in forty menN It was recently stated that three times more women than men aged 65-75 suffer from hip fracturfs. In those aged over 73 the proportion was six to oneN This is because females tend to have thinner, less dense bones than men, and after the age of 50 show a grfater rate of bone lossN Prevention of this disease should start in childhood. Mord
P253 CEEFAX 253 Wed 3 Feb 21:00/10   2/3                FRAGILE BONES Childhood is the best time to start preventing osteoporosis by ensuring an adequate diet and exercise to produce a good initial bone massN Any form of regular exercise will help stop the disease taking hold, but if you are already a sufferer only take gdntle exercise, such as swimlhng or walking M not jogging You should have a calcium intake of 800 to 1500mg a day, preferably from natural sources such as skimmed or semi-skimmed milkN Morb
P253 CEEFAX 253 Wed 3 Feb 21:01/05   3/3                FRAGILE BONES Sunlight can help people with fragile bones, especially in later lifeN Also, make sure there are no "trip hazards" like loose carpets at homeN Other sensible precautions include not smoking and drinking only moderately. For more information about osteoporosis prevention and treatment, contact: The National Osteoporosis Society, Barton Meade Housf, PO Box 10, Radstock Bath, BA3 3YB. Enclosd a 9 x 6 stamped addressed envelope with 20p stamp. Morb