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Osteoporosis is a condition treated by endocrinologists and is a disease where the skeleton is fragile and at greater risk of fracture. There are multiple contributing causes such as family history, testosterone or oestrogen deficiency, increasing age, exposure to certain medications such as steroids and increasing age.
One way to judge the severity of osteoporosis is to use a DXA study which is a simple X-ray that can be organised by your GP or specialist.
The options for the treatment of osteoporosis has greatly expanded over the past 20 years. These include the use of weekly tablets, once yearly infusions and 6 monthly injections into the skin.
The choice of treatment is individualised and will depend on the many factors such as: age, previous treatments, previous fractures and the perceived risk of fracture in the future.