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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak.

Osteoporosis develops slowly over several years. The symptoms are not obvious in the early stages of the condition and can take months or years to appear. The early warning signs of osteoporosis can include joint pains and having difficulty standing or sitting up straight. You may have no warning before a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.

When the bones are significantly thinned, breakages of the wrist, hip or spinal bones are most common.

Prevention

Your genes determine the potential height and strength of your skeleton. However, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise can influence how healthy your bones are and the rate at which they repair themselves. Following a healthy lifestyle throughout life is the best way to delay the onset of osteoporosis, and slow the rate at which your bones become fragile.

To find out further information on osteoporosis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment follow the links below:

NHS Osteoporosis

National Osteoporosis Society