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Osteoporosis can have serious effects on quality of life


Osteoporosis is a common condition where bones become weaker and more fragile, which can have serious effects on quality of life."

Understand osteoporosis


Osteoporosis is a condition characterised by weakened bones, which become fragile and more susceptible to fractures. It occurs when the body loses bone and/or makes too little bone. This imbalance leads to a decrease in bone density and strength. Osteoporosis commonly affects the spine, hips, and wrists, although fractures can occur in any bone (1).

Several factors can contribute to the development of osteoporosis, including age, gender (cis women are at higher risk, especially after menopause), genetics, hormonal changes, certain medications, low calcium or vitamin D intake, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and certain medical conditions (2).

The impact of osteoporosis on individuals can be significant. Fractures resulting from weakened bones can lead to chronic pain, reduced mobility, disability, loss of independence, and even mortality, particularly in older adults (2). Hip fractures can have severe consequences, including increased risk of disability and earlier death.

In the UK, osteoporosis is a prevalent condition, particularly among older adults and postmenopausal women*. According to the National Osteoporosis Society, around 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis, and over 500,000 fractures occur annually as a result of the condition (3). These fractures place a considerable burden on healthcare systems and individuals alike, highlighting the importance of prevention, early detection, and management of osteoporosis.

* This article will refer to cis women and cis men throughout the article where the terms [women] and [men] have been used, respectively. 

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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