London Osteoporosis Clinic Blog

    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

    World Osteoporosis day

    Posted by Taher Mahmud on Oct 19, 2017 1:07:55 AM

    In preparation for World Osteoporosis Day on the 20th of October, we asked Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic why bone health is important, and what we can all do in our everyday lives to help prevent osteoporosis.

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    Topics: osteoporosis, prevention, LOCF, world osteoporosis day, IOF

    Dietary sources of calcium

    Posted by Natalie on Oct 12, 2017 3:20:25 PM

    Calcium is certainly a buzzword when it comes to health and your bones – it’s pretty much common knowledge how important the nutrient is when it comes to encouraging our development and growth. One of the most common associations, though, with calcium and food, is dairy products…but did you know that there are actually many other ways to increase your calcium intake? Dr Taher Mahmud of the London Osteoporosis Clinic discusses calcium-rich foods, and how we can include them in our diet to improve our bone health.

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    Topics: fractures, nutrition, calcium, calcium calculator

    Ways in which you can help prevent osteoporosis

    Posted by Natalie on Oct 3, 2017 2:08:00 PM
    1. In order to promote bone growth and keep your bones healthy, it is important to get enough calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients. If you are lactose intolerant, it may be difficult to get enough calcium from food alone.
    2. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which does not just benefit your bone health, but your health overall.
    3. Bones can be made stronger through exercise, so at least two and a half hours a week is recommended for their strength.
    4. Osteoporosis prevention and bone health can be improved at any age – do not feel it is too late, and consult a GP or healthcare provider for advice on how to improve your bone health.
    5. In order to check your bone density and overall bone health, tests can be made, meaning you can have an idea of your situation and if you need to take action. Ask your healthcare provider when you can take a bone density test.
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    Topics: diet, prevention, exercise, vitamin d

    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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