Auckland DHB Endocrinology Service
Public Service, Endocrinology
Osteoporosis is a progressive aging disorder that weakens bones. Osteoporosis itself is not painful but it makes bones more fracture-prone. Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can be diagnosed by measuring bone mineral density (BMD). This test involves taking x-rays of the bones in your spine and hip usually. You may be asked to have a blood test to look for reasons why you might have osteoporosis or for monitoring the response to treatment.
There is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are treatments that can improve bone strength and thereby reduce the chance of fracture.
If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis you may be prescribed several medications to improve your bone strength. These include drugs that reduce bone resorption called bisphosphonates. You will have follow-up with your GP or specialist to make sure that the medication suits you. You will be given some more detailed reading about what you can do to help manage your osteoporosis and about the type of medication you are on.
Further information can be found on the Osteoporosis New Zealand website at http://www.bones.org.nz/
- Zoledronate Patient Information Sheet (PDF, 36.5 KB)