Osteoporosis

23 May 2006

Weekly tip – Bones take shots from stress

Did you know that long-term stress can have a negative impact on bone health? Stress causes the body to over-produce adrenalin, which can actually "dissolve" bone.

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Did you know that long-term stress can have a negative impact on bone health? Stress causes the body to over-produce adrenalin, which can actually "dissolve" bone.

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The following tips could help you to control your stress levels: speak to a friend or counsellor – avoiding a problem or agonising about it in silence will just cause those adrenalin levels to climb; limit your caffeine intake – caffeine increases, not decreases, your stress levels; don't skip meals, as this will cause your blood sugar to drop, worsening the effect of the blood glucose fluctuations you experience when stressed; get enough sleep – our bodies need sleep to recharge; learn to do yoga or tai chi, which will help to reduce the effects of stress on your body; and stop smoking.

Read more: 37 creative ways to de-stress

 

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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