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Articles and News | Osteoporosis Sydney Support Group
By Associate Professor Terry Diamond.
Make no bones about it
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
Once yearly vitamin D injection effectively reduces risk of osteoporosis
Associate Professor Terry Diamond, Lead investigator of the study, Endocrinologist at The St George Hospital and Founder of the Osteoporosis Sydney Support Group said, "Adequate amounts of Vitamin D gives us healthy bones, and Vitamin D is produced in humans through exposure to sunlight.
Simple over-the-counter oral vitamin D supplements are a poor substitute and costly at $15-20 for a months supply," said Professor Diamond
This is considered to be 10-15 minutes daily, either in the mid morning or late afternoon, but not in the midday heat," said Associate Professor Diamond
"A diagnosis of osteoporosis does not mean a patient has to put their life on hold.There are now newer treatments available for patients that can reduce fracture rates by up to 80 per cent and people can still lead a full life by learning more about the disease and how to manage it themselves."Associate Professor Diamond established the Osteoporosis Sydney Support Group (OSSG) to provide people diagnosed with osteoporosis not only with educational support, but with interactive support as well.
"The Osteoporosis Sydney Support Group
has been running for yen years and currently has more than 600 male and female members from all over Sydney, and membership numbers are continually growing," said Associate Professor Diamond
Prostate Cancer Institute
Dr. Terrence Diamond
Dr. Terrence Diamond
Dr Diamond is a senior consultant in Endocrinology at SGH, the Head of the Metabolic Bone Unit and a Scientific Member of Osteoporosis Australia.
His title is Associate Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales, MBBCh, MRCP, FRACP.
research interests include osteoporosis in men, acute vertebral fractures and malignant bone disease.
Associate Professor Terry ...
Associate Professor Terry Diamond, Department of Endocrinology, University of New South Wales, Australia