Learn more about some of the lifestyle factors that affect your bone health.
Eating a balanced diet is essential for physical health and mental wellbeing. The Eatwell plate demonstrates the different food groups, and the proportions that we should consume for a balanced and healthy diet. Eating a variety of foods, that includes many nutrients, helps to support bone health. You should eat a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and dairy. Read more
In England, approximately 90% of the adult population drinks alcohol. Whilst many people drink within safe limits, a quarter of adults consume alcohol at levels proven to be harmful to their health. The Government guidelines for low risk or ‘sensible’ drinking are 3-4 units of alcohol per day for men and 2-3 units a day for women. Drinking more alcohol than the safe limit can affect your bones. Read more
Smoking is a risk factor for developing osteoporosis as smokers lose bone mass at a faster rate than non-smokers. There are numerous reasons for this. Cigarette smokes generate free radicals; these molecules kill and damage healthy cells, affecting cell renewal. In addition toxins found in cigarette smoke affect the balance of hormones that bones need to stay strong. Read more