It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the usually strong support struts that make up the inside of most bones becomes thinner, which can lead to bones becoming fragile and breaking easily, resulting in pain and disability.
· In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health.
· Osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert you to the fact until the worst happens and a bone breaks. As such, many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until this happens, sometimes with devastating consequences.
· What causes Osteoporosis?
· Those that smoke or drink in excess of the recommended daily alcohol intake are at greater risk, but gender, genetic factors, age, race and low body weight are all contributing factors.