Understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis (parts 3 and 4)
Wednesday 22nd August 2012 - Article 2
While bone loss is a natural and normal consequence of ageing, some people are more predisposed to suffering from the associated fractures. Bone mass decreases with age and those older than 80 are at particular risk. The lifetime risk for women is as high as 50%, compared to around 20% in men; the reduced risk due to generally higher bone mass levels in males, and women ceasing to produce oestrogen following the menopause.