Essential facts about Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis occurs as a result of bone loss. Bone becomes thin, brittle and more prone to a fracture after a fall or a minor stress such as bending or a cough. If not treated, osteoporosis, can progress painlessly to bone breaks.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all ages and races; but Caucasian and Asian women, especially those who are past menopause, are at highest risk.
Certain treatments, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones. Read here about the importance of Vitamin D
Osteoporosis is common and treatable
There are over 524,000 osteoporosis related fractures in the UK per year; even though many fractures can be prevented by treatment. In addition, in the UK over 1,150 individuals die every month following a hip fracture alone. We think this is unacceptable when many fractures are preventable.
Key facts about osteoporosis
• 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men in the UK will have osteoporosis over the age of 50
• Every 2 minutes, someone has a fracture due to osteoporosis
• An estimated 3.2 million people in the UK suffer from osteoporosis
• Each year there are over 80,000 hip fractures, 50,000 wrist fractures and 40,000 spinal fractures from osteoporosis
• Osteoporosis costs the NHS and government over £4.4 billion each year and 1.5 million bed days each year (Reference: NHS England )
If you think you or your family are at risk of osteoporosis or have osteoporosis; there are several new treatment approaches to cut the risk of future fractures and complications.
Please try this screening consultation to find out if you are at risk of developing osteoporosis.