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Osteoporosis and risk factors
Osteoporosis and risk factors
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What is Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a bone disorder that can be described as generalized weakening of the skeleton due to loss of bone and calcium.  This makes the skeleton porous and fragile and  more likely to fracture. People with osteoporosis have a high incidence of fractures, often as a result of minor injury.  It affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50. 

Why have a scan

Early detection of osteoporosis risk can have a dramatic effect on lifestyle, independence and future quality of life. A bone density scan can detect changes in bone mass as small as 1-3% and follow up scanning allows rate of loss to be assessed. 

Osteoporosis can be prevented and treated in most cases

Some people are more prone to developing osteoporosis than others.  If people at risk of osteoporosis could be identified and treated, a large number of painful fractures could be prevented.


1 in 2 women   Over the
1 in 5 men        age of 50

Risk factors

You are at risk if you have had:

  • a fracture from a minor fall
  • early menopause (before  45)
  • hysterectomy before menopause
  • history of infrequent periods
  • family history of osteoporosis
  • very slender body build
  • long term poor calcium intake
  • immobility/sedentary lifestyle
  • excessive dieting (anorexia)
  • use of  oral steroids
  • alcohol or drug abuse
  • smoking
  • thyroid problems
  • loss of height


Mobile Scanning for Osteoporosis risk assessment