As you age, your bones lose density. This leads to osteoporosis, falls and fractures.
In this week's episodes I speak to Perry Eckert on bone strength and how to avoid prevent and reverse bone loss through specific weight training using the "Osteostrong" model.
In this episode you will learn:
How to do a non-invasive, drug-free approach to help improve bone density and overall skeletal strength. Designed to benefit various age groups and backgrounds, particularly those at risk of osteopenia, osteoporosis, and other conditions related to low bone density.
How to use nutrition to optimise your bone health
Why balance is also important to consider
How pilates and yoga, balance and strength training are part of the picture but why they just aren't enough to stop bone loss
How hormones play a role in bone density
How muscles help in your bone density strategy
Risk factors for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia:
Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions characterized by a decrease in bone density, which makes bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures. Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing these conditions. Here are the top 5 risk factors for osteoporosis and osteopenia:
Age: Aging is one of the most significant risk factors for osteoporosis and osteopenia. As people get older, their bones naturally become less dense and more fragile. The risk increases significantly after the age of 50 for women and 70 for men.
Gender: Women are more prone to osteoporosis and osteopenia than men. This is because women typically have lower bone density and undergo hormonal changes, especially during menopause, which accelerates bone loss. However, men can also develop these conditions, especially if they have other risk factors.
Hormonal Changes: Hormonal imbalances can contribute to bone loss. For example, reduced estrogen levels in women during menopause and in men as they age can lead to decreased bone density. Conditions like hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid and low levels of sex hormones in men (hypogonadism) can also increase the risk.
Family History and Genetics: A family history of osteoporosis or fractures can be a significant risk factor. Genetics plays a role in determining bone density and structure, so if you have close relatives with these conditions, your risk may be higher.
a. Dietary Choices: Inadequate intake of calcium and vitamin D, both essential for bone health, can increase the risk. Additionally, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption may have a negative impact on bone density.
b. Physical Activity: A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises and resistance training help maintain bone density and strength.
c. Smoking: Smoking has been linked to lower bone density and an increased risk of fractures.
d. Low Body Weight: People with a low body mass index (BMI) are at higher risk because they often have less bone mass to start with.
OsteoStrong builds upon the work of Julius Wolf (1836-1902), a German anatomist and surgeon who discovered that bones become thicker and stronger when subjected to repeated oesteogenic loading.
Building on this scientific principle, known as Wolf's Law, Dr John Jaquish (a biomedical engineer) invented the Spectrum system which safely applies an osteogenic load of the precise level required to encourage the body's natural ability to rebuild stronger bones.
These Spectrum patented devices are used exclusively by OsteoStrong centers worldwide as the cornerstone of this unique scientifically proven program. We support this regime with a range of recovery technologies to help build strength and balance naturally, which then has an impact on your wellbeing, vitality and energy.
For more information you can reach out to Perry and his team at www.osteostrong.com.au
Managing Director & Master Franchisor
Perry Eckert is the Master Franchisee for OsteoStrong in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and the Australasian Regional Developer for OsteoStrong.
His vision is to open 500 OsteoStrong centres across Australasia over the next decade, helping to address the significant and growing health problems relating to musculoskeletal health.
Perry and his dedicated team have accumulated vast experience in franchise operations and development, making him an expert in fostering business growth and brand expansion.
Perry oversees the strategic operations, including business development, marketing, and franchise support. His focus lies in enhancing OsteoStrong’s visibility in the ANZ market and boosting franchisee success.
Perry’s dedication to improving health and wellness in the community is reflected in his unwavering commitment to OsteoStrong, a global wellness franchise known for its unique skeletal strength conditioning program. His leadership continues to be instrumental in spreading the benefits of the OsteoStrong system across Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia and Europe.
Perry also owns significant manufacturing businesses with a global distribution network.
Outside of his professional life, Perry is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys promoting the importance of exercise, nutrition, wellness practice and health biohacking. He strongly believes that everyone deserves access to the best resources for maintaining and enhancing their lifespan, and more importantly, their healthspan, which is why he’s so passionate about expanding OsteoStrong’s reach.
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