I encourage young girls and boys to realize that the way they treat their bodies will have a big impact later in life. I know that teenagers consider themselves 'invincible', and I was that way too, of course. But it isn’t difficult to 'invest in your bones'. Don’t buy into the myth of starving yourself. Don’t be a couch potato. Eat wisely, get outside and have fun. Your body will thank you in a few years.
Living with osteoporosis doesn’t have to be a life sentence. There are medications and lifestyle changes available to help you manage your osteoporosis. These can allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle.
If you feel like you are alone with your osteoporosis, rest assured there are many people going through the same ups and downs you are. You can connect with other people who have osteoporosis online through OsteoLink. You can also contact your local osteoporosis society for support. Read about the experiences of people with osteoporosis from all over the world.
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Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile and fracture easily. It’s like a football team in which the defenders become weakened, and opponents can score easily. That’s a catastrophe. My advice to young girls and boys is to play sports and exercise. “Move it or Lose it”.
Osteoporosis affects one in three women (over the age of 50) – that’s more than get breast cancer. You don’t have to join a circus to get the exercise you need – that’s the good news – just dance, move around, play sports – your bones will appreciate it. “Move it or Lose it”.