COULD THIS BE A PICTURE OF YOUR MUM OR YOUR GRANDMA?
….or you in the future?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bone loses its strength and architectural integrity, becoming weakened and susceptible to fracture. It comes on very gradually and is symptom-free until the disease is well-established.
3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis – most don’t even know and many get diagnosed only once they’ve had a suspicious fracture….
Half of all women will develop osteoporosis and as many as one in three women and one in five men will suffer an osteoporotic fracture over their lifetime.
We build our bone density during our childhood, teens and young adult life, reaching our peak bone density at 25-30 years, although bone loss can start before these ages – particularly where multiple risk factors are present – so scanning isn’t only appropriate for the over 50’s!
Early diagnosis of a below normal bone density means that patients can take steps to slow the progression or even reverse the changes….with diet, lifestyle, supplementation, exercise and medication.
There are multiple risk factors:
- Being female – all women are at risk, particularly if your periods have ever stopped for 6 months or more or if you underwent menopause before the age of 45
- Men with low testosterone levels – often causing impotence, lack or libido or other symptoms
- Family history of osteoporosis – elderly relatives who have suffered hip or wrist fracture or developed a ‘dowagers hump’ (the result of vertebral collapse fractures)
- Personal history of a fracture after a minor bump or fall
- Being a smoker or consuming alcohol above recommended levels
- Past or present eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia)
- Restrictive diets – such as low dairy – in childhood and young adulthood
- A history of prolonged use of corticosteroids (such as for management of asthma) and many other medications
- High-performance athletes (raised levels of cortisol, reduced oestrogen in women)
- People who have a sedentary lifestyle
- People who are below average weight or of a small stature (low BMI)
- Sufferers of thyroid disease, chronic liver or kidney disease, diabetes, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease or rheumatoid arthritis
Nick Birch FRCS (ORTH) of Osteoscan UK is a Consultant Spinal Specialist with a special interest in Osteoporosis, bone strength and density, screening and prevention.
Check out the Osteoscan UK website for everything you could possibly want to know about osteoporosis and the REMS technology employed in their scans.
There are no plans to run talks in the studio anytime soon ( 🙁 ) but the talks are going online……. Three Zoom webinars are scheduled as follows:
- Monday 25th Jan – Bone Health – Basics (Now available as a download)
- Thursday 11th Feb – Bone Health – Women in Sport (Now available as a download)
- Monday 15th March – Bone Health – New Developments
- Monday 19th April – Bone Health – The impact of Covid-19
90 mins (45 min talk and 45 min Q&A) starting at 6pm (tbc). £10/talk with discounts for more than one.
SCANNING CLINICS HERE AT THE BROAD STREET PRACTICE – Monday 15th March (fully booked) and Monday 26th April 2021
EchoS is a radiation-free, diagnostic scanning device developed in Italy which gives access to earlier measurement of bone mineral density than DEXA, with immediate, easy-to understand results, including your Z-score and T-score. Results are used, with other parameters, to calculate your FRAX score– an accurate prediction of your 10 year probability of suffering a major osteoporotic fracture.
The 30 min appointments will be conducted by Nick Birch. Both your lumbar spine and hip will be scanned. Full results of the scan will be discussed and advice given which is personalised and tailored to your needs.
Scan fee £150. A non-refundable deposit of £25.00 secures your appointment, call us now on 01780 480889. Balance payment is due a week before the appointment.
CAN’T MAKE THESE DATES? Nick Birch offers clinics in other locations at other times – look at the Osteoscan UK website for further information