Osteoporosis affects bone strength. It reduces bone density, causing bones to become thin and weak. The areas of the body most at risk are the wrists, shoulders, pelvis and spine.
Osteoporosis means that simple falls can cause life changing fractures that severely impact the quality of day-to day life. However, there are steps you can take to help delay or prevent the onset of osteoporosis. A common reason for bone loss is a lack of calcium and vitamin D in the diet.
Often, there are very few, if any, symptoms of osteoporosis. World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th October aims to raise global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. This campaign is recognised in over 90 countries worldwide.
In the UK 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by weak bones. These fractures result in pain, debilitation and loss of quality of life. Often there are no symptoms or signs of osteoporosis and as a result many people are unaware that they have fragile bones until a fracture occurs. Healthy strong bones should be able to withstand a minor fall (a fall from standing) or bump.
Around the age of 30 bone density gradually begins to decrease. If it is not prevented this can lead to disability or reduced mobility. Osteoporosis commonly affects women after the menopause due to reduced oestrogen levels in the body.
Prevention of osteoporosis
Living with osteoporosis
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