Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Osteophytes and Osteoporosis

One of my friend's mom just passed away on last 2 weeks. She was aged 70 over, and suffered from Osteophytes (bone spurs) and also Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. It leads to increase bone fragility and risk of fracture. Osteoporosis can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility, and decreased independence.

Osteophytes refers to abnormal bony outgrowth. It usually limit joint movement and typically cause pain.

According to research (Anlene™ Bone Health Check programme), 1 out of 2 Malaysian women who age 50 and above are at higher risk of developing poor bone health. To prevent bone disease, the following action can be taken:
1. to perform weight-bearing activity like jogging, brisk walking and sports like tennis and golf.
2. to include the important bone nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, protein, zinc and magnesium in daily diet.

Bear in mind, prevention is better than cure. For those who are interested in Anlene™ Bone Health Check programme, kindly visit http://www.fonterra.com/ or call 1800-88 3122.