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Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become fragile and more likely to break. It is most common in people over fifty, and affects more women than men.
Fractures are most common in the spine, wrists or hips, but other bones can also be affected.
Osteoporosis is caused by a loss of bone density which is a normal part of the ageing process, which in some people can lead to the bones becoming weak and easily damaged. It can be made worse by poor diet and lack of regular exercise.
To learn more about osteoporosis and its treatment, speak to your GP or visit the NHS website.
Other information and advice
The Royal Osteoporosis Society has information on living with osteoporosis, and advice on how to keep your bones healthy.
Versus Arthritis are a charity providing information to people with arthritis and their carers, including those with osteoporosis.
You may find it useful to take a look at our separate page on Pain management.
If you are concerned about osteoporosis, always consult your doctor