What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density).
As a result, bones become thinner and less dense, so that even a minor bump or fall can cause serious fractures. These are known as ‘fragility’ or ‘minimal trauma’ fractures.
Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease, because it usually has no signs or symptoms until a fracture occurs.
Early detection is the key, so next time you visit your doctor ask about having a Bone Density Test or call us on 1800 011 041 for your free information pack.
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