The National Osteoporosis Society is currently raising awareness about osteoporosis. This is when the bone structure becomes thinner which then results in a “broken bone” (fracture). This can occur throughout the body however wrists, hips and the spine are the most commonly affected areas.
There are a number of factors contributing to the disease, these include:
- Age – as we get older our bones can become more fragile
- Gender – the condition is more common in women due to having smaller bones and hormonal imbalances
- Smoking/Alcohol and Diet – like most conditions these have an impact
- A lack of Vitamin D and Calcium
- Other Illnesses – this includes, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s Disease
- Medication – such as cancer and diabetic drugs, raises the risk.
Older people are particularly at risk because they are more likely to have a fall which could result in breaking bones.
The Osteoporosis Society advises us to make a change towards a healthy lifestyle, talk through with a GP any medications and whether alternatives are available if they are likely to have a negative impact on osteoporosis. If necessary, it is advisable to have a bone density scan and if you are at risk of osteoporosis, consider the appropriate drug treatment.
Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, commented “We support this campaign because it particularly affects older people who we support. In comparison with cancer, memory loss, strokes and Parkinsons we hear little about osteoporosis but older people are particularly vulnerable. They are more likely to have weaker bones and more prone to having a fall and therefore could experience a fracture. A wrist fracture may mean that a person would not be able to dress themselves or make a meal which is a serious problem when you live alone or if your partner is in their 80s.”
To find out more please contact the National Osteoporosis Society 01761 471771 or visit www.nos.org.uk