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Osteoporosis overview

It’s estimated three million people in the UK have osteoporosis and there are over 230,000 fractures every year as a result. Osteoporosis, or thinning bones, is a serious condition that can result in tremendous pain from fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include ageing, being female, low body weight, reduced sex hormones such as after the menopause, smoking, and some medications. You may experience no symptoms of this bone disease until you fracture a bone. Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis includes calcium and vitamin D, regular exercise, and osteoporosis medication, if needed.

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Osteoporosis - diagnosis and treatment

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile and more likely to break after a fall.



Around three million people in the UK have osteoporosis, and it contributes to more than 250,000 bone fractures a year.

Understanding osteoporosis treatment is vital for everyone, particularly if you have risk factors for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis treatment includes a multi-faceted programme of diet, lifestyle habits and osteoporosis medication in order to prevent further bone loss and fractures.

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