Osteoporosis

Are you among the one in three women, and the one in five men over the age of 50 who will be affected by osteoporosis in their lifetimes? Osteoporosis weakens bones and leads to fractures. It causes severe disability. But osteoporosis can be detected early. It can be treated. If you knew something that could harm you was coming, wouldn't you avoid it? Read more
Calcium is important for preventing osteoporosis and bone disease, as it's a major building-block of our bone tissue - our skeleton houses 99 % of our body's calcium stores. The calcium in our bones also acts as a reservoir for maintaining calcium levels in the blood, which is essential for healthy nerves and muscles. Read more
Due to its prevalence worldwide, osteoporosis is considered a serious public health concern. Currently it is estimated that over 200 million people worldwide suffer from this disease1. Approximately 30% of all postmenopausal women have osteoporosis in the United States and in Europe. At least 40% of these women2 and 15-30% of men3 will sustain one or more fragility fractures in their remaining... Read more
1. What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone density and quality are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fractures greatly increases. Bone loss occurs "silently" and progressively – often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. For these reasons, osteoporosis is often referred to as the "silent epidemic". Read more about osteoporosis. Read more
Exercise plays an important role in building and maintaining bone and muscle strength. It also helps to reduce falls by improving balance and aids rehabilitation from fractures. Muscles and bones respond and strengthen when they are 'stressed'. This can be achieved by weight bearing or impact exercises. Read our exercise recommendations. Why exercise is vital for bone and muscle health: Read more
Introduction Bone maintenance is a delicate business. In adults, the daily removal of small amounts of bone mineral, a process called resorption, must be balanced by an equal deposition of new mineral if bone strength is to be preserved. When this balance tips toward excessive resorption, bones weaken (osteopenia) and over time can become brittle and prone to fracture (osteoporosis). Read more
Osteoporosis is often thought of as a women’s disease, as it is particularly common after menopause. The reality is osteoporosis also affects men. Although fragility fractures are less common in men, when they occur, these fractures can be associated with higher rates of disability and death than in women. Overall, 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture. This is... Read more
Genetic factors play a significant role in determining whether an individual is at heightened risk of osteoporosis. However, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity also influence bone development in youth and the rate of bone loss later in life. Read more

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