Weight bearing activity is a vital ingredient in good healthy bones. Up until the age of 31 our bodies are in the process of “calcium banking”, where calcium continues to be banked in the bones, increasing their structural strength. From the age of 31 onwards, calcium is being leeched from the bones. For this reason, strategies are needed to ensure that this process is kept to a minimum. New red blood cells are produced by our bones and remember how important they are for carrying oxygen around our bodies. Muscles rely on calcium to allow contraction to take place, and bones are a reservoir for this process. So, what can we do? Certainly, remaining pain free so we can keep up the weight bearing exercise which is crucial for our bone density. Maintaining the recommended daily intake of calcium through our diet is a must. This can come from cheese, milk, yoghurt, almonds, sardines, soybean, eggnog, Mungbeans, chickpeas, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and many other sources. Sometimes a calcium supplement may be required and can be in the presence of Vitamin D to help with absorption, Men are just as high in risk of developing lower bone density, expressed first in Osteopenia, and in later stages as Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis reduces the strength of our bones and predisposes them to a higher risk of fracturing. Calcium supplements and other treatments to prevent these bone diseases should be discussed with your General practitioner. For further information regarding maintaining healthy bones, exercise, and pain prevention, please contact our surgery on (07)40543330 or visit our website at www.hip2toe Plus.