Osteoporosis screening and prevention
As men and women in modern society are now expected to live longer into their eighties, many do not realise that the incidence of osteoporosis (or fragile bones) increases significantly.
It is estimated that the incidence of osteoporosis in men over 60 years is at least 30% and in women over 60 years, at least 50%!
Having osteoporosis means that the lifetime risk of having a low trauma fracture is at least 6 times that of a normal person. Some fractures are painless and are easily missed, but others can be fairly painful, and can lead to deformity.
Osteoporosis is treatable and largely preventable.
The main risk factors are menopause, smoking, excessive alcohol, genetic history, poor nutrition, and chronic illness. There are many treatments available.
I encourage you to talk to your doctor about your bone health. Bone density testing is available for at-risk individuals, particularly if they are over 70 years.