May is osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

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. It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis. 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.

Many people living with osteoporosis are unaware that they have fragile bones until they have a fracture because osteoporosis is often a silent condition, giving no pain or other symptoms to alert you to the fact until the worst happens.

Those that smoke or drink in excess of the recommended daily alcohol intake are at greater risk, but gender, genetics, age, race and low body weight are all contributing factors.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom! There is a lot you can do to prevent the condition, and to reduce your chance of breaking a bone if you do get it. Your osteopath can advise you on exercises and can even help to screen you for the condition using a special online screening tool called the FRAX questionnaire and can give you dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice to help manage your risk factors to reduce the impact of the condition on your lifestyle.

To find out more about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, contact the National Osteoporosis Society via their confidential helpline (0808 800 0035) or by visiting their website at: www.nos.org.uk