What is osteoporosis?
As we get older bone isn’t able to renew itself as well so it starts to thin and become weaker. This happens to everybody to some extent, though it’s only called osteoporosis when the bones become quite fragile. Read more
What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?
Often the first sign of osteoporosis is breaking a bone in a relatively minor fall or accident, though some people may have back pain if the bones in the spine are affected. Read more
Who gets osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is quite common in the UK. It affects women about four times as often as men, and the risk increases with age. Read more
What causes osteoporosis?
You’re at greater risk of developing osteoporosis if you’ve needed steroid treatment for more than 3 months, you have a family history of osteoporosis, you don’t get much exercise, or you you smoke or drink heavily. Read more
How is osteoporosis diagnosed?
There are no obvious physical signs of osteoporosis so the condition sometimes goes undetected for years. If your doctor suspects osteoporosis, they may suggest you have a DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan. Read more
What treatments are there for osteoporosis?
If you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis following a low-impact fracture, the first priority will be to treat the fracture. The next step is to begin treatment to reduce your risk of further fractures. Read more
Self-help and daily living for osteoporosis
Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D, doing weight-bearing exercise, not smoking and not drinking too much alcohol are all good self-help tips if you have osteoporosis. Read more
Research and new developments for osteoporosis
Research partly funded by Arthritis Research UK is helping us to understand why our bones, joints and muscles function less well as we get older, which should help in the future treatment and prevention of problems such as osteoporosis. Read more