Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly and is often only diagnosed after breaking a bone. Bones are at their strongest and most dense in early adult life and gradually begin to lose density from around the age of 35.
Around one in three women, and one in twelve men in the UK will develop osteoporosis after the age of 50. An estimated three million people in the UK suffer from the disease, which can lead to bone breaks and fractures after minor impacts. If detected early, there are a variety of medications which can slow or reverse the
progress of osteoporosis.