Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’ and is often referred to as the ‘fragile bone disease’.
Osteoporosis nurse, Sarah Leyland talks about osteoporosis, how to reduce the risk of fractures and how to slow down the progression of the condition.
People are often unaware that they have fragile bones until the time of a first fracture. Broken wrists, hips and spinal bones are the most common fractures in people with osteoporosis and it is more widespread in older age although younger people can sometimes be affected.
One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but research continues to build up a picture of the factors that influence our bone health.
Explore the links on the left to access more information on the fragile bone disease.
We also have a range of free information leaflets, covering a huge range of osteoporosis-related subjects - you can download these online, or order a free hard copy. Explore our osteoporosis leaflets and booklets here.
'All About Osteoporosis' our comprehensive guide to osteoporosis which covers fragility fractures and their consequences, prevention, exercise, healthy eating, diagnosis, drug treatments, living with broken bones, coping with pain and problems and unusual types of osteoporosis can be downloaded here. Download All About Osteoporosis
If you have a question that has not been answered by any of the information in this section, you can get in touch with our team of Osteoporosis Nurses.