Osteoporosis affects an estimated 3 million people in the UK. The condition causes the bones to become more fragile and therefore more prone to fractures, along with pain, a loss of movement and an inability to perform daily tasks. One in two women and one in five men in the UK will suffer a fracture after the age of 50.
Aimed at patients and carers, this book covers topics such as who is affected, what the risk factors are, and how patients can prevent or lessen the effects. The book looks forward to advances in diagnosis and treatment and how they have improved health outcomes of patients. Written by a leading osteoporosis specialist and Scientific Advisory Committee Member of the National Osteoporosis Society, this addition to the Facts series is a comprehensive guide to understanding and coping with this
Professor David M. Reid is a long-term leader in osteoporosis services and research in the UK. He has had heavy involvement in the National Osteoporosis Society as a chair of the Medical Board and non Vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr Alison J. Black has been involved in metabolic bone disease work since 1993. She has an MD on the effects of parathyroid hormone on bone and is a clinical lead in the Osteoporosis service for NHS Grampian. Rena Sandison has been an osteoporosis specialist nurse since 2005. She has a post graduate certificate in osteoporosis and falls management.
1. What is osteoporosis? ; 2. Who gets osteoporosis? ; 3. The diagnosis of osteoporosis ; 4. The management and medical treatments for osteoporosis - now and the future ; 5. Diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and the prevention of falls ; 6. Osteoporotic fractures ; 7. The multidisciplinary team ; 8. Future developments in osteoporosis management ; 9. Useful contacts, further reading and glossary