Bone mineral densitometry is the procedure used to detect the density of calcium
and other minerals that make up the normal structure of bone.
WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the bones to become thin and weak, It is
usually the result of an imbalance between the rate of formation of new bone and
the normal breakdown of old. New bone formation is lower with a poor diet, and low
levels of activity. Some medication affects it and it often runs in the family.
HOW COMMON IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Very common. About half of all women over the age of 50 in the UK will suffer from
the effects of Osteoporosis. For men about one-in-five will be affected. Its less
common in men due to the male hormone testosterone, a stimulant for the formation
of new bone.
Approximately three million people in the UK have osteoporosis, and there are over
230,000 fractures every year as a result.