THE BIG O - OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis is a bone condition that affects 1.28 million Australians.2 If left untreated it can lead to loss of mobility.3 It’s often referred to as the silent disease because there are usually no symptoms until a person breaks or fractures a bone.
Don’t wait for a fall to see if you have it. Osteoporosis is serious, but treatable.4 Ask your doctor about a bone density scan.
Are you at risk?
Osteoporosis often affects women over the age of 50, but men are at risk too. If you’ve broken a bone in a minor bump or fall, you could have osteoporosis.4 There are many factors that can increase your risk of osteoporosis; including, family history, low calcium or vitamin D levels, having some chronic conditions and lifestyle.4
You screen for The Big C, now scan for The Big O - Osteoporosis.
You already get pap smears and mammograms, you should be getting bone density scans too.
Early diagnosis is important. A bone density scan is quick, painless and you could be eligible for a rebate.
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- Watts JJ, et al. Osteoporosis costing all Australians - A new burden of disease analysis 2012 to 2022 Osteoporosis Australia, 2013.
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- Osteoporosis Australia. What you need to know about osteoporosis. Consumer guide. 2017. www.osteoporosis.org.au. [Accessed 7 February 2019]