What is osteoporosis?

More than 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose their strength and are more likely to break, usually following a minor bump or fall.

More than 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis and there are 500,000 fractures every year as a result of the condition.

The bones most commonly fractured as a result of osteoporosis are the wrists, hip and spine.

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Who is affected by osteoporosis?

Generally speaking, post-menopausal women are most prone to developing osteoporosis and fractures, although it is possible for men, younger adults and rarely even children to develop the condition too.

  • Women
  • Men
  • Younger men and women