Gout is a type of arthritis, and is an inflammatory condition which can cause attacks of swelling, which generally are sudden and can be very painful. Gout affects an estimated two out of every hundred people in the UK, with men suffering more from the condition than women. As our lifestyle becomes more indulgent – and especially so at Christmas – gout attacks become more common, and cases of gout are on the rise. Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic advises what you can do to reduce your risk of developing gout, and how lifestyle measures can help minimise the risk of an attack.
Bones strength increases to the age of 35, remains steady for mid-adulthood, then declines by 1-2% per annum but precipitously arpund menopause when bone loss can be 5% per annum for 4-5 years perimenopausally.
Bone strength can also be impacted by activities, lifestyle, genetics, medical conditions more details here
Osteoporosis happens when bones become gradually more fragile. This can progress painlessly, until a bone suddenly breaks. Our bones are made of a thick outer shell, which surrounds a strong mesh network filled with calcium salts, collagen (protein), and other important minerals. When the mesh becomes thin, it can break easily.
Osteoporosis is common, affecting 3 million people in the UK. Every year, there are over 500,000 osteoporosis-related fractures, and every month, 1,100 deaths occur following a hip fracture. The impact of osteoporosis can be devastating, but it is treatable, and preventable. Dr Taher Mahmud, leading consultant rheumatologist and co-founder of the London Osteoporosis Clinic, gives us an overview of the facts.
Back pain is one of the most common day-to-day health complaints, suffered by most of the UK population at one point or another. Most of the time, back pain gets better over time, and it’s nothing to particularly worry about. That said, if you have to cope with back pain that lasts a long time, it can be difficult to deal with, and cause significant discomfort.
Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting an estimated 3 million people across the UK. Osteoporosis happens when bones gradually become more fragile, progressing silently until a bone breaks. A fracture is usually the first sign of the disease being present, with fractures most common in the hip, wrist, and spine.
In preparation for World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th of October, we asked Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic why bone health is important, and what we can all do in our everyday lives to help prevent osteoporosis.
Calcium is certainly a buzzword when it comes to health and your bones – it’s pretty much common knowledge how important the nutrient is when it comes to encouraging our development and growth. One of the most common associations, though, with calcium and food, is dairy products…but did you know that there are actually many other ways to increase your calcium intake? Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic discusses calcium-rich foods, and how we can include them in our diet to improve our bone health.
- In order to promote bone growth and keep your bones healthy, it is important to get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients. If you are lactose intolerant, it may be difficult to get enough calcium from food alone.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which does not just benefit your bone health, but your health overall.
- Bones can be made stronger through exercise, so at least two and a half hours a week is recommended for their strength.
- Osteoporosis prevention and bone health can be improved at any age – do not feel it is too late, and consult a GP or healthcare provider for advice on how to improve your bone health.
- In order to check your bone density and overall bone health, tests can be made, meaning you can have an idea of your situation and if you need to take action. Ask your healthcare provider when you can take a bone density test.