“Osteoporosis is a generalised progressive dimunition in bone tissue mass per unit volume, causing skeletal weakness,even though the ration of mineral to organic elements is unchanged in the remaining morphologically normal bone.”

In layman’s terms osteoporosis, or “brittle bone disease” as it is commonly called, is the condition whereby there is a reduction in the components of bone (both mineral and colagen fibres) rendering it more porous and therefore more liable to break or fracture. When the rate of rebuilding fails to match the rate of breakdown, a steady loss of bone results; the start of osteoporosis.

Who needs osteoporosis screening?

  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Early natural or surgical menopause
  • Gastrectomy
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypogonadism
  • Long-term Corticosteroid Use (>5mg daily) such as in renal patients
  • Malabsorption Syndrome
  • Multiple low trauma fractures
  • Myeloma
  • Osteopenia noted on X-ray
  • Prolonged Amenorrhoea (>6 months)
  • Suspected need for HRT
  • Tobacco Use
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Vertebral Deformity
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