Dr Mark Kennedy - Private Internal Medicine Specialist
Osteoporosis weakens and makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).
Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to develop osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can be diagnosed by measuring bone mineral density (BMD). This test involves taking x-rays (DEXA scan) of the bones in your spine, and femur. You will also be asked to have a blood test to look for reasons why you might have osteoporosis.
There is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are treatments that can improve bone strength and reduce your chances of you breaking a bone.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis you may be prescribed several medications to improve your bone strength to reduce your risk of fracture. You will have follow-up either with your GP or specialist to make sure that the medication suits you. You will be given some more detailed reading about things you can do to help manage your osteoporosis and about the type of medication you are on.
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This page was last updated at 2:04PM on October 8, 2019.