OCTOBER 20th WAS World Osteoporosis Day, and 3.5 million people in the UK and Ireland live with this bone-thinning disease.
Osteoporosis is well known to affect women over 50 – due to oestrogen levels dropping rapidly after menopause – but is also prevalent in men, and in those pre-disposed to it, due to genetic factors, taking certain medications such as corticosteroids, and certain illnesses like anorexia.
It causes 500,000 broken bones every year in the UK, and has a devastating personal and financial impact on people’s lives. Lauren Wiggins, director of clinical services at the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS; theros.org.uk) says “It’s often referred to as a ‘silent disease’ because of under-diagnoses, under-treatment and low public awareness.
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