Feature Emma Butler Communications Officer, National Osteoporosis Society break, causing the bone to become fragile and liable to fracture easily. It is estimated that Explaining there are 310,000 osteoporotic fractures each year in the UK, costing the government £1.7 billion (Torgerson et about … al, 2001). Unfortunately osteoporosis often remains undetected until the time of the first fracture, which usually occurs in the wrist, hip or osteo- spine. Older age Older people are more porosis likely to suffer from osteoporosis because bone loss increases after Emma Butler of the National Osteoporosis middle age. But while bone loss is part of the Society (NOS) explains about osteoporosis in natural ageing process, osteoporotic fractures are older age and explores some of the effects of not; once diagnosed, osteoporosis can be treated to the disease. reduce the risk of breaking a bone. Osteoporosis affects one in three women and one in 12 men over the age of 50 in the UK, but many people are unaware of this sometimes painful and often disabling disease. ‘Osteoporosis’ means ‘porous bones’. The bones in our skeleton are made of a thick outer shell and a strong inner mesh filled with collagen, calcium and other mineral.
Working with Older People – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 2004
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