General Health Check / Bone Health
Osteoporosis & Bone Health – what can we do to keep our bones healthy?
Osteoporosis is a debilitating condition that affects 150 million people world-wide and 3 million in the UK alone1. It’s characterised by changes to our bones and the cells which support them which leads to reduced bone density and strength2. This can often lead to an increased risk of fractures, especially the hip, forearm and vertebrae. A silent disease, many don’t have any symptoms until they develop a fracture and these can often lead to significant impairment to mobility and quality of life. Osteoporosis leads to an estimated £4.4 billion a year bill in NHS spending due to fragility fractures and the significant risk factor for increased chance of disability or death in certain population groups3. Below are some of the risk factors for development of the disease as well as ways to prevent.