London Osteoporosis Clinic Blog

    Polymyalgia rheumatica: diagnosing the condition

    Posted by Cal Murphy on Feb 18, 2018 12:54:09 PM

    A patient presents with a sudden onset of stiffness and muscle aches, particularly around the hips and shoulders. These symptoms are so severe that they change her day-to-day life – she can’t dress herself, do exercise, or go to the shops. She feels old; much older than she should.

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    Diagnosing Osteoporosis and Determining Bone Strength by DEXA Scan

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Jan 15, 2018 12:28:08 PM

    What is a DEXA scan?

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    Topics: osteoporosis, dexa, diagnosis, bone strength

    8 conditions you might not know are linked to osteoporosis

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Dec 13, 2017 4:14:34 PM

    Many people think osteoporosis is simply linked to old age – the older we get, the more chance we have of developing osteoporosis. While this is true in some ways, age isn’t the only factor involved, and osteoporosis is linked to various other medical conditions, some of which might be surprising. While it’s not certain that people will develop osteoporosis simply because they have these conditions, it is important for individuals to be aware of the increased risk and how other diseases are connected to osteoporosis. Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic explains more.

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    Topics: osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure, copd, childhood arthritis

    Managing gout at Christmas – what to avoid and how to help

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Dec 5, 2017 8:08:00 AM

    Gout is a type of arthritis, and is an inflammatory condition which can cause attacks of swelling, which generally are sudden and can be very painful. Gout affects an estimated two out of every hundred people in the UK, with men suffering more from the condition than women. As our lifestyle becomes more indulgent – and especially so at Christmas – gout attacks become more common, and cases of gout are on the rise. Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic advises what you can do to reduce your risk of developing gout, and how lifestyle measures can help minimise the risk of an attack.

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    Topics: joint pain, gout, arthritis, christmas

    What happens to bones as we age

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Dec 4, 2017 7:34:17 PM

    Bones strength increases to the age of 35, remains steady for mid-adulthood, then declines by 1-2% per annum but precipitously arpund menopause when bone loss can be 5% per annum for 4-5 years perimenopausally.


    Bone strength can also be impacted by activities, lifestyle, genetics, medical conditions more details here  

    Osteoporosis happens when bones become gradually more fragile. This can progress painlessly, until a bone suddenly breaks. Our bones are made of a thick outer shell, which surrounds a strong mesh network filled with calcium salts, collagen (protein), and other important minerals. When the mesh becomes thin, it can break easily.

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    Topics: osteoporosis, causes of osteoporosis

    10 tips for a healthy heart (also good for your bones!)

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Nov 23, 2017 9:08:00 AM


    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. According to the British Heart Foundation, 7 million people across the UK are affected by the condition, with it causing 26% of all deaths across the country. The good news, however, is that most cases of cardiovascular disease – conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system – are preventable, and leading a healthy lifestyle can not only lead to a healthy heart, but numerous other benefits too. Dr Taher Mahmud explains what you can do in your daily life to improve your heart health, and lower your risk of both cardiovascular disease and other health conditions.
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    Topics: bones, wellness, prevention, heart, heathy

    Osteoporosis: why is it important?

    Posted by Natalie on Nov 13, 2017 11:08:00 AM

    Osteoporosis is common, affecting 3 million people in the UK.  Every year, there are over 500,000 osteoporosis-related fractures, and every month, 1,100 deaths occur following a hip fracture. The impact of osteoporosis can be devastating, but it is treatable, and preventable. Dr Taher Mahmud, leading consultant rheumatologist and co-founder of the London Osteoporosis Clinic, gives us an overview of the facts. 


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    Topics: bones, fractures, prevention, life style

    DEXA Scans

    Posted by Natalie on Nov 12, 2017 5:21:50 PM

    We are offering discounted DEXA scans in Harley Street and other locations.

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    Topics: osteoporosis, bones, brittle, fractures, dexa, dxa, diagnosis

    How to reduce back pain

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Nov 9, 2017 2:39:45 PM

    Back pain is one of the most common day-to-day health complaints, suffered by most of the UK population at one point or another. Most of the time, back pain gets better over time, and it’s nothing to particularly worry about. That said, if you have to cope with back pain that lasts a long time, it can be difficult to deal with, and cause significant discomfort.

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    Topics: treatment, prevention, exercise, LOC, back pain

    Back pain can be caused by spine fractures

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Nov 1, 2017 10:07:00 AM

    Osteoporosis is a common condition affecting an estimated 3 million people across the UK. Osteoporosis happens when bones gradually become more fragile, progressing silently until a bone breaks. A fracture is usually the first sign of the disease being present, with fractures most common in the hip, wrist, and spine.

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    Topics: osteoporosis, bones, back pain

    Osteoporosis can be diagnosed before fractures

    Early assessment and treatment improves outcomes


    We are offering tools for

    1. early screening and
    2. consultant reviews, as well as
    3. multidisciplinary treatments.

    Bone strength can be improved 


    • Osteoporosis is associated with serious complications
    • It is possible to screen for osteoporosis before a fracture has occurred
    • Early treatment can reverse osteoporosis and prevent fractures
    • Treatment may only need to be for a period of time (not life-long)

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