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Osteoporosis and the risk of fracture

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In this video, Professor Eugene McCloskey from the University of Sheffield discusses how bones change with age and a common age-related bone condition, osteoporosis.

Bone strength decreases with age and significantly lower bone density places individuals at higher risk of breaking (fracture) under stress that healthy bone could withstand. Osteoporosis is a condition in which low bone strength leaves the bone framework brittle and susceptible to fracture.

In the video, Eugene discusses a Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX). This tool is used by general practitioners to get an estimate of an individual’s risk of having a fracture within the next ten years. This will then help them decide on the best course of action for the patient. You can learn more about this tool here.

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