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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone thinning disease that results when bone resorption (breaking down) outstrips bone formation.

Osteopenia is the condition that precedes osteoporosis where the bones are beginning to deteriorate and show weakness.  If left unaddressed, osteopenia often progresses to osteoporosis. 

Prevention better than ‘cure’

Osteoporosis doesn’t just affect ‘frail old ladies’ – it’s not uncommon for people in their 40s and 50s who appear fit, active and well to discover they have the disease.   Osteoporosis is known as the ‘silent disease’ because it can progress unnoticed for many years until a fracture occurs. In the UK, we don’t routinely have a DEXA (bone) scan until after one or more fractures have occurred.  By then it’s too late – your bone health is already compromised.  This makes you vulnerable to common fracture sites linked to osteoporosis: the thigh bone (femur), at the hip, vertebrae and wrist.

Stages of Osteoporosis

The scale of the problem

  • 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 are expected to break a bone during their lifetime as a result of osteoporosis
  • It is estimated that 500,000 women in the UK aged 50-64 have osteoporosis
  • It is estimated that every year in the UK there are more than 500,000 fragility fractures, that’s one every minute
  • 54% of people who fractured a bone have experienced height loss or a change in their body shape
  • 1 in 4 people dies within a year of suffering a hip fracture
Source: The Royal Osteoporosis Society

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