St George Hospital's Associate Professor Terry Diamond will use a novel approach to improve awareness of osteoporosis and bone disease when he takes his health message on the road in March this year.
The fifty-three-year-old is certainly no slouch when it comes to leading by example; he
will don his
joggers and run 328 kilometres from Canberra to Sydney to raise awareness of the importance of healthy bones.
"I will be running solo, with two support vehicles over six consecutive days - with the distance covered equivalent to running a standard marathon every day," Professor Diamond
"By making an extra special effort, I hope to encourage patients to get out and be active as well as inspire those who live with the disease," he
Professor Diamond is the Head of the Metabolic Bone Unit at St George Hospital and is a leading authority in osteoporosis and bone disease.
He is also the President of the Osteoporosis Sydney Support Group (OSSG), a registered charity made up of more than 1,000 men and women, all of whom are osteoporosis sufferers.
Osteoporosis is a disease of brittle bones where loss of bone mineral (calcium) leads to weakening of the skeleton, fragility and bony fractures and can be a crippling disease, leading to loss of independence.
"The onset of osteoporosis can be prevented with regular exercise, resistance training, leading a healthy lifestyle and adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D," Professor Diamond
"Classical risk factors for osteoporosis include oestrogen deficiency in woman (menopause) and testosterone in men, small body frame, smoking history, excessive alcohol and coffee consumption and lack of exercise.
Genetic factors play a key role in the development of osteoporosis," he
provides ongoing exercise classes; lectures and information sessions; bi-monthly newsletters; seminars for General Practitioners and a telephone support service.
The Group is also actively involved in research into the management and treatment of osteoporosis.
Proceeds from the marathon will go to the OSSG
If you would like to support Professor Diamond
, please call 0419 230 163, or send donations to St George Hospital
, Level 3
, Prichard Wing
, Gray Street