“It’s a tragedy that half of women over 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis, often the wrist, hip, or spine. Osteoporosis causes fragile bones that are more likely to fracture after fairly minor trauma, and there are no symptoms until a bone breaks.
But even then, the condition doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The fracture heals, yet bone thinning continues. Now new research from the National Osteoporosis Society shows that 20% of women break three or more bones before they’re diagnosed with osteoporosis.
In some parts of the country there’s a Fracture Liaison Service that picks up problems after one broken bone, but it’s far from universal. That’s why more women – and their doctors – need to be aware of what can be done. The Stop at One campaign is aimed at raising awareness and ensuring that someone’s first fracture is their last fracture.
Risk factors for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can in most cases be treated, but only if it’s diagnosed early There are some pointers to risk, such as a family history of osteoporosis, poor diet, lack of exercise, and excess alcohol. Any woman over 50 who’s already broken a bone, or is concerned about her bone health, can check out the online bone health quiz on www.stopatone.org.uk.”
- The National Osteoporosis Society reveals that a fracture relating to osteoporosis occurs once every two minutes across the UK, with one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 suffering a break as a result of poor bone health
- The charity has launched a campaign called STOP AT ONE that aims to raise awareness of bone health and tackle the problem of fractures in the over 50s and helps people to make their first break their last
- 2.3 million women over the age of 50 in the UK have osteoporosis, which incapacitates them for an average of 40 days, every time a bone is broken
- People who are over 50 and have broken a bone or have osteoporosis in their family are being encouraged to take the online bone quiz to find out if they are at risk (nos.org.uk/stopatone)