Essential facts about Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is as a results of bone loss. Bone becomes thin, brittle and more prone to a break after a fall or a minor stress such as bending or cough. These broken bones are referred to as fragility fractures.
Osteoporotic bones become fragile and if not treated, can progress painlessly until a bone breaks.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all 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.
Osteoporosis is common
There are over 524,000 osteoporosis related fractures in the UK per year, yet many fractures can be prevented by treatment.
In the UK over 1,100 individuals die every month following a hip fracture alone. We think this is unacceptable when many of these fractures can be prevented.
The bones in our skeleton are made of a thick outer shell and a strong inner mesh filled with collagen (protein), calcium salts and other minerals.
The bone structure is lattice-like. Osteoporosis occurs when the spokes of the lattice thin and break. Although osteoporosis usually affects the whole skeleton, the most common fractures are in the wrist, spine and hip.
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 (projected to be over 110,000 in 2016), 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.