Osteoporosis

Your health matters to us

An overarching goal of the National Health Co-op is to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions. That’s why we regularly review our patients’ files to identify individuals who may benefit from additional clinical support.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition simply defined as having weak, fragile and easily breakable bones. Our bones are living tissue undergoing constant breakdown, repair, growth, rebuilding, and replacement.

In the earlier years of life, the normal rate of “bone building” outweighs the rate of “bone breakdown”. However, after about 50 years of age, we start to break down more bone than we rebuild. While this means that we will all experience some bone loss over time, it doesn’t mean that everyone will develop osteoporosis.

Women commonly experience a period of rapid bone loss after the onset of menopause, putting them at greater risk of developing osteoporosis. Older men are also at significant risk of developing osteoporosis. Certain disease conditions and some medications can also predispose you to the development of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is diagnosed with a bone density scan, which determines if any action or treatment is required to improve your bone health.

We invite you to book an appointment with your GP to assess your risk, and if clinically appropriate, refer you for a bone density scan.