All A to Z Topics

Brittle bones

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and fragile and more likely to break (fracture).
Symptoms of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis develops slowly over several years. There are often no warning signs or symptoms until a minor fall or a sudden impact causes a bone fracture.
Causes of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is caused by bones losing their density, either through age or other factors. Some people are more at risk of developing osteoporosis than others.
Diagnosing osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is often diagnosed after a fracture caused by weakened bones. You may have a DEXA (DXA) scan to measure your bone mineral density.
Treating osteoporosis
Treating osteoporosis involves treating and preventing fractures and using medication to strengthen bones.
Preventing osteoporosis
Leading a healthy lifestyle is the best way to delay the onset of osteoporosis and slow the rate at which your bones become fragile.
Living with osteoporosis
Having osteoporosis doesn't mean you'll definitely have a fracture. There are measures you can take to reduce your risk of a fall or break.
'I didn't know I had osteoporosis until I fractured two vertebrae'
Dorothy Borbas was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 75, after falling and breaking two vertebrae in her back.
'Talking to other people helps me deal with my pain'
Bob Rees was diagnosed with osteoporosis after collapsing in pain on a family holiday.
'Even lying in bed was uncomfortable'
Phyllis Long, aged 60, was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis after months of experiencing upper back pain.