Nutrition And Bone Health: Turning Knowledge And Beliefs Into Healthy Behaviour


Current Medical Research & Opinion

Date Published

11 October 2013


Rizzoli, R., Abraham, C., & Brandi, M.-L.


Osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone mass and deterioration of bone architecture, resulting in increased risk of fragility fractures, which represent the main clinical consequence of the disease. Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting the aged population, predominantly postmenopausal women. Primary osteoporosis prevention includes healthy behaviors, such as regular physical exercise and adequate dietary intakes of calcium, vitamin D and protein. There is currently a high prevalence of calcium and vitamin D insufficiency in women aged 50+ years. Osteoporosis health beliefs in women are modifiable and may impact upon decisions to change preventive health behaviors. Osteoporosis education and behavioral change programs can help women modify their lifestyle in order to improve their bone health. 

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