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Time for Change - Sunshine and Exercise Part of Holistic Treatment for Osteoporosis
Date:3/7/2009

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The clocks will soon be changing, giving more daylight hours and further opportunity for women to help protect themselves from the risks associated with osteoporosis, according to a new campaign DAIICHI SANKYO has launched to coincide with International Women's Day taking place March 8th, 2009. It aims to raise awareness among women of how to help prevent or manage the disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Most sufferers of osteoporosis - a bone disease - are female, and every woman in Europe has a 30% - 50% chance of suffering an osteoporotic fracture during her life.(1) Surprisingly, bone mineral density measurement is underutilised in the majority of European countries. Reasons include, limited availability of densitometers, restrictions in personnel permitted to perform scans, low awareness of usefulness of BMD testing, limited or nonexistent reimbursement.(2)

Exercising, calcium and vitamin D from sunlight are crucial for bone health, according to Professor Juliet Compston, Chair of the European Union Osteoporosis Consultation Panel. "Only a few foods, such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are a good source of vitamin D. However, vitamin D is also made by your body after exposure to the sun. So take advantage of the time change and enjoy some exercise in those longer, warmer days" she said.

Calcium is the most important mineral for your bones and you should have 1,200mg of calcium per day. Not getting enough calcium is associated with low bone mass, rapid bone loss and high fractur
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