What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures than in normal bone. It occurs when bones lose minerals, such a calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). For more information about osteoporosis (OP) including:-

  • What is your risk of OP?
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • Calcium and your bones
  • The role of Vitamin D
  • Exercise and bone density
  • Medicines for OP
  • Bone Health

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Vitamin D in pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence

Building strong, healthy bones in early life is the best way to protect yourself from osteoporosis as you get older. Vitamin D has a crucial role in this process. This information sheet is about the importance of vitamin D in pregnancy and early life, the ways in which you can ensure that you, your baby or your child get enough vitamin D, and what to do if you think you or your child are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

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Glucocorticoids and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures. This information sheet is about how taking glucocorticoids can increase the risk of osteoporosis in some people, how you can find out if you are at risk, and what you can do to keep your bones as healthy as possible while you are taking glucocorticoids.

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Thyroid Disease and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle, leading to a higher risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is more common in people with thyroid conditions than in the general population. This information sheet explains how thyroid disease can affect your bones, how you can find out if you are at risk, and what you can do to protect your bone health.

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Pregnancy and Osteoporosis

This information sheet is about the rare and sudden occurrence of osteoporosis during pregnancy, usually diagnosed after birth. If you have a fracture during or after pregnancy, then please speak to your doctor or health care professional. Optimising bone health during pregnancy is also important for those women already diagnosed with low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis.

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