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Expat Investor : September 2007
HEALTHCARE expatinvestor.com 18 EXPAT INVESTOR September 2007 The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that osteoporosis affects more than 75 million people in Europe, Japan and the US, causing more than 2.3 million fractures annually in Europe and the US alone. Osteoporosis is a condition which results in weaker bones and an increased risk of fracture. It's sometimes called the silent disease because most people affected are unaware that their bones are weaker until they break one. Hip and wrist fractures are the most common breakages, especially following a fall. Sometimes, neck and back pain can be as a result of tiny fractures in the bones supporting the spine, and in some circumstances cause a gradual loss of height. You are more likely to get osteoporosis if you are aged over 60 years and this risk continues to rise as you get older. Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis as they have less total bone mass and the change in hormones following the menopause increases the risk. Smoking, heavy drinking and a family history of the disease also increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis later on in life. There are ways of preventing osteoporosis in early life. A healthy diet and exercise can increase bone mass and reduce the risk of it developing. Low-impact exercises where you support your own weight are best for strengthening bones. Running, aerobics, tennis, weight-training, and brisk walking are ideal. Incorporating these types of activities into your daily routine for at least 30 minutes a day will also help to keep your heart healthy. Diet is also important in the fight against osteoporosis. Eating foods rich in calcium is important for building and maintaining healthy bones. Good sources of calcium include milk and dairy products, some green leafy vegetables and fruit. In addition, your body also needs vitamin D to absorb calcium properly. Vitamin D is found in foods such as cod liver oil, sardines and tuna, as well as milk and eggs. There are now a number of effective treatments that can help prevent fractures and increase bone density. These include bisphosphonates, which work by blocking the breakdown of bone, and other medicines which stimulate new bone formation. In post- menopausal women, the most effective method is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which helps the body combat the condition naturally. Fractures, breaks and sprains New Zealand health issues In this regular column on medical conditions, Sneh Khemka, Assistant Medical Director, BUPA International explains osteoporosis. Fast Facts 77451 AXA PPP Healthcare profiles New Zealand. New Zealand has a maritime climate and most of the territory is located in the temperate zone. This may have some effect on people who suffer from arthritis, asthma, rheumatism and sinusitis. Colds and 'flu are common, partly because of frequent weather changes. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office states, "Due to its southerly position, the ozone layer over New Zealand is thinner than elsewhere and burn times are shorter than in the UK. Research has shown that asthma sufferers may be more at risk of an attack in New Zealand and sufferers should be suitably prepared." There are no specific vaccinations required for travelling to New Zealand and there are no endemic diseases. However, Hepatitis B is a cause for concern and for this reason all pre-school children are vaccinated against Hepatitis B. www.netdoctor.co.uk recommends that people are vaccinated against Hepatitis B two months before and inoculated against Tuberculosis three months before they travel to New Zealand. Health services in New Zealand are of good quality, and are reasonably priced. There is a wide selection of public and private hospitals staffed with well-trained medical professionals. Doctors and dentists receive excellent training and this is reflected in their care. Visitors to New Zealand should be aware that a referral from a GP is usually required to see a medical specialist, regardless of whether the Fast Facts 77015 Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. © AXA PPP healthcare 2007 Lines are open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday (UK time). Calls may be recorded. For great British healthcare -- worldwide -- join us now and we'll give you up to two months' cover free Call +44(0)1892 550814 quoting reference EI5555 or visit www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/media When you're living, working, travelling or retired away from home you deserve quality healthcare insurance from a well grounded company that really knows their way around the world of healthcare cover! AXA PPP healthcare has an International Health Plan to suit most needs. Join us and you can rely on quick, easy access to private medical treatment; a choice of hospitals; emergency evacuation or repatriation; plus an English-speaking health information line that's on call for you around-the-clock. All claims will be assessed against the terms and conditions of the chosen product and any individual exclusions placed on your policy at joining. Wherever you put your feet up AXA PPP healthcare is right there with you specialist works within the private or public sector. For those needing the care of oculists and opticians, consultations and examinations are available at reasonable rates. Dental care is also easily accessible, with dental specialists spread across the country. For all serious injuries and complaints you should go to a public hospital emergency department directly or in an ambulance. If it is a life-threatening emergency you should phone 111. The UK has a reciprocal health agreement with New Zealand whereby people originating from the UK will receive free public hospital in-patient treatment and free dental treatment for people under 16 years of age. However the reciprocal agreement does not cover out-patient hospital treatment, treatment at a doctor's surgery, prescribed medicines or dental treatment for people over 16 years of age and you will be required to pay for these yourself. It is essential that you produce your passport before receiving treatment if you wish to take advantage of the agreement in place. For more information, ask the hospital or doctor if a refund is due. If not, claim at the local health office. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office "strongly recommend that you obtain appropriate comprehensive medical and travel insurance before travelling. If you intend to participate in adventure activities, such as bungee jumping, white water rafting etc, you should ensure that your travel insurance covers these types of activities." It is safe to drink the tap water in New Zealand. However, if you are getting your water from a lake, river or stream, ensure to boil the water for at least 10 minutes before drinking in order to destroy any form of contamination.
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