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You can't see or feel your bones getting thinner, so many people are unaware of a problem they might have until they break a bone or start to notice a loss of height. If you think you have risk factors for osteoporosis then it's a good idea to discuss this with your GP. You can be referred for a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to measure your bone density, and then possibly drug treatment to strengthen your bones.
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The bones that make up our skeleton are constructed of a thick outer shell with an inner ‘honeycomb’ mesh made of tiny struts of bone. With osteoporosis, some of these supporting struts become thin, causing the bone to become weaker and more fragile, and thus more likely to break after what would normally be a minor break or fall. Such broken bones are sometimes called ‘fragility fractures’.
Although these fractures can occur in any part of the body, the most commonly affected areas are the wrist, hip and spine. These thin and fragile bones are not painful in themselves, but the broken bones that can result can cause pain and other problems.
Although it's often thought of as a women's disease, osteoporosis affects men too – half of women over 50 in the UK and a ﬁfth of men are likely to experience bone fractures, and this is mainly as a result of osteoporosis.
If you have osteoporosis, it doesn’t automatically mean that your bones will break, but it does mean that you have a ‘greater risk of fracture’. And osteoporosis does not generally slow down or stop the healing process once a fracture has occurred. The older we get, the greater our risk of breaking a bone, however there are precautions we can take to limit the damage that osteoporosis can cause. It's never too late — or too early — to do something about osteoporosis. You can take steps to keep your bones strong and healthy throughout life.
Parts of the body commonly affected by Osteoporosis
A broken wrist is often the first indication that you have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can lead to broken hips; this happens most in our late 70s or 80s.
Fractures due to osteoporosis of the bones in the spine occur when the bones become compressed because of their reduced strength.
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Research conducted at the Mayo Clinic in the US has demonstrated that extension exercises performed regularly significantly reduce the number of compression fractures. A similar group exercised differently and another did no exercise at all and both of these groups had more fractures in a year than those regularly extending.
Your bones are made up of calcium salts and other minerals and collagen (protein), both creating the structure of a thick outer layer and the honeycomb mesh inside. Throughout your lifetime, old, worn bone is broken down and replaced by new bone; bone is alive and constantly replacing itself, although a process that takes just two years to complete in children takes up to ten years in adulthood. And although bones have usually stopped growing in length by the age of 18, bone density continues to increase into the mid-20s.
The balance between bone demolition and bone construction then remains stable until the age of about 35, when bone loss increases very gradually as part of the natural ageing process. For women, this bone loss becomes more rapid for several years following the menopause which can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of broken bones, especially in later life.
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