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Polymyalgia rheumatica: diagnosing the condition

A patient presents with a sudden onset of stiffness and muscle aches, particularly around the hips and shoulders. These symptoms are so severe that they change her day-to-day life – she can’t dress herself, do exercise, or go to the shops. She feels old; much older than she should. The case Dr Mahmud took the […]

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Diagnosing Osteoporosis and Determining Bone Strength by DEXA Scan

What is a DEXA scan? A DEXA scan, or DXA scan, is a type of X-ray that is used to measure bone density. DEXA stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, and there are different ways to refer to the scan, including DXA, bone density scan, and bone densitometry scan. DEXA Scanner at The Shard Why […]

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8 conditions you might not know are linked to osteoporosis

Many people think osteoporosis is simply linked to old age – the older we get, the more chance we have of developing osteoporosis. While this is true in some ways, age isn’t the only factor involved, and osteoporosis is linked to various other medical conditions, some of which might be surprising. While it’s not certain […]

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Managing gout at Christmas – what to avoid and how to help

Gout is a type of arthritis, and is an inflammatory condition which can cause attacks of swelling, which generally are sudden and can be very painful. Gout affects an estimated two out of every hundred people in the UK, with men suffering more from the condition than women. As our lifestyle becomes more indulgent – […]

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What happens to bones as we age

Bones strength increases to the age of 35, remains steady for mid-adulthood, then declines by 1-2% per annum but precipitously arpund menopause when bone loss can be 5% per annum for 4-5 years perimenopausally. Bone strength can also be impacted by activities, lifestyle, genetics, medical conditions more details here Osteoporosis happens when bones become gradually […]

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10 tips for a healthy heart (also good for your bones!)

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. According to the British Heart Foundation, 7 million people across the UK are affected by the condition, with it causing 26% of all deaths across the country. The good news, however, is that most cases of cardiovascular disease – conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system […]

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How to reduce back pain

Back pain is one of the most common day-to-day health complaints, suffered by most of the UK population at one point or another. Most of the time, back pain gets better over time, and it’s nothing to particularly worry about. That said, if you have to cope with back pain that lasts a long time, […]

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Back pain can be caused by spine fractures

Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting an estimated 3 million people across the UK. Osteoporosis happens when bones gradually become more fragile, progressing silently until a bone breaks. A fracture is usually the first sign of the disease being present, with fractures most common in the hip, wrist, and spine. While osteoporosis usually displays no […]

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World Osteoporosis day

In preparation for World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th of October, we asked Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic why bone health is important, and what we can all do in our everyday lives to help prevent osteoporosis. Dr Mahmud and the London Osteoporosis Clinic are holding a special osteoporosis and menopause information […]

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Ways in which you can help prevent osteoporosis

In order to promote bone growth and keep your bones healthy, it is important to get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients. If you are lactose intolerant, it may be difficult to get enough calcium from food alone. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which does not just benefit your bone health, but your […]

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15 things you might not know about bone loss and osteoporosis

Bone is actually a living, growing organ in the body, which is strong, but flexible. We constantly lose old bone and form new bone throughout our lives. Past the mid-life point, bone loss usually starts to become greater than bone formation across the general population, affecting both men and women. When you lose too much […]

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Advice on calcium – how much is needed for healthy bones?

Just how much calcium should I be getting? Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic discusses nutrition, and how calcium intake can help build healthy bones, especially while we are young.   Calcium is an essential nutrient. In fact, it is the most abundant mineral in the human body, and plays an important role […]

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The benefits and risks of exercise: how exercise affects your body

Just as everyone knows water is wet, the fact that exercise is good for you is common knowledge. However, as with many things in our daily lives, it comes with its own set of risks. In this article Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic discusses the ways that exercise can help your body, […]

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Breast, Bone and Head pains

Breast, Bone and Head pains, can be first signs of the menopauseFluctuating hormones are thought to be the reason behind many conditions and symptoms relating to the menopause. Breast pain Breast pain and tenderness are common in the early menopausal transition, but begin to diminish in the late menopausal transition. This is probably due to […]

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Osteoporosis: what is the big deal and why the need for action?

Osteoporosis is common, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. Every year, there are over 500,000 osteoporosis-related fractures, and every month, 1,100 deaths occur following a hip fracture. The impact of osteoporosis can be devastating, but it is treatable, and preventable. What do you know about osteoporosis? In the UK alone, 1 in […]

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Should arthritis be considered a medical emergency?

Arthritis conditions have a serious impact on both individual health and the healthcare system across the UK. Around 10 million people over the UK suffer from some form of arthritis*, the most common forms being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Over 30% of GP consultations are related to a musculoskeletal condition. Health and safety executive reports […]

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Arthritis, menopause and hormonal changes

There are 3.5 billion women on the planet (almost) all of whom will go through the menopause at some stage in their life.  In the UK The average age of menopause is 51 years old.  A woman officially reaches the menopause when she has gone through 12 consecutive months without a period.  The time leading […]

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The importance of vitamin D and your bones

You’ve likely heard of vitamin D, in some way or another. Maybe you’ve eyed it on your smoothie bottle, or pondered what it was doing in your moisturiser, but never really known exactly why we need it, and what role it performs in our bodies. Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic gives us […]

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Osteoporosis – what is the big deal and why the need for action

Osteoporosis is common, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. Every year, there are over 500,000 osteoporosis-related fractures, and every month, 1,100 deaths occur following a hip fracture. The impact of osteoporosis can be devastating, but it is treatable, and preventable. What do you know about osteoporosis? In the UK alone, 1 in […]

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Strontium ranelate (Protelos) to be discontinued

Osteoporosis drug strontium ranelate (Protelos) will not be available after August Servier, the manufacturer of strontium ranelate will no longer offer the drug to the UK after August. This is because the drug has limited uses and relatively few patients are on the drug.   Protelos was licensed in the UK for treatment of severe […]

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Interesting graphics about osteoporosis!

  https://www.londonosteoporosisclinic.com/hard-facts/ Osteoporosis causes 8.9 million fractures world wide every year and 500,000 fractures in the UK alone; sadly following a fracture most individuals are not assessed or offered optimum treatment.   Many osteoporosis patients are not screened or treated for osteoporosis. For example only 2 in 10 are scanned and few treated appropriately.   One […]

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Key nutrients necessary for healthy bones and muscle

Diet has direct effect on our health, the key nutrients for optimum bone health are viatmin D, Calcium, Protein, Magnesium, Vitamin B, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Zinc Nutrition plays a key role in the treatment Osteoporosis and bone health, without optimum nutrition drug treatment and other interventions are less effectiveness Nutrition and bone, muscle […]

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Sarcopaenia (muscle loss) and impact on health

Muscle weakness is directly linked with bone loss of bone strength and general health – impacting many organs directly Sarcopaenia describes a clinical condition of reduced muscle mass and strength.  Sarcopaenia is associated with inactivity and ageing.  Sarcopaenia related impaired muscle function gives rise to poor balance, gait and overall ability to undertakeevery day activities. […]

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Who should and should not have DEXA scan

Osteoporosis is a clinical diagnosis, DEXA scan is the single most helpful test. Less than 2 in 10 patient who should be investigated following a fracture are tested Osteoporosis is a clinical diagnosis, DEXA scan is the single most helpful test. A DEXA scan is a quick and painless procedure that involves lying on your […]

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Are You At Risk Of Weak Bones?

Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting 1:2 women and 1:5 men over the age of 50.  There are many factors that increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and fractures, some are listed below Genetic & medical factors: Female sex. Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than are men. Age. The older you get, […]

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