Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose their strength and are more likely to break, sometimes also referred to as brittle bone disease. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 experience fractures as a result of low bone strength, with the spine, hips and wrists being most commonly affected. Women are particularly susceptible after the menopause due to the loss of oestrogen, causing bone strength to rapidly decrease and making fractures more likely. In this video, Dr. Dawn Harper shares some facts and common misconceptions about osteoporosis, discussing risk factors, treatment options and where to go for further advice.
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