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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.