The Geelong Osteoporosis Study which was released today has stunned experts by showing that nearly a third of all Australian adults have brittle bones which puts them at risk of fractures, frailty and declining health. It is estimated that there are now over 1.2 million Australians aged over 18 years old with the condition, this is much more than first thought. It is estimated that there are a further 5.4 million Australians who have osteopaenia, which is a condition characterised by low bone density and can lead to osteoporosis.
As the population continues to age, these studies will be vital in developing health promotion policy and assisting with lifestyle change. We have long known that bone health can be maintained with exercise, especially exercises that place muscle under stress, such as resistance exercise. We also know that exercise can help those with osteoporosis by reducing the risk of falls through balance training.
More recently there have been studies looking at whole body vibration and gym circuits to increase lean muscle mass and improve balance. Although the evidence is still not conclusive, in the light of recent evidence, it would be wise for those in older age brackets to keep moving!
If you are new to exercise or would like to review your existing program, call the office today to book in with our physiotherapy team. We can develop a program that will be suitable for you and keep you moving.