Osteoporosis is a disease affecting the skeleton where the bones become weak and unable to withstand the normal stresses of everyday activity or a simple fall without breaking.  It is a prevalent disease affecting 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men and is a major drain on healthcare resources due to the high burden of morbidity and mortality associated with low trauma fractures. Hip fracture in particular often leads to loss of independence with a consequent strain on social services and has a 25% mortality rate within one year. Osteoporosis affects primarily women as they reach a lower peak bone mass and suffer oestrogen deficiency related bone loss following the menopause.

For more information about osteoporosis or for patient support, see the website of the National Osteoporosis Society at www.nos.org.uk