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Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones causing them to become weak and fragile and making them more prone to break or fracture. These breaks most commonly occur in the wrist, hip and spine.
Osteoporosis usually affects older people and it is more common in women than in men; over a third of women and one in five men aged 50 or over will break a bone due to osteoporosis or poor bone density. Around 250,000 people in Scotland have osteoporosis.
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The Health A-Z section of this website contains information of the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of many types of illnesses. It also includes video interviews with specialists and patients. NHS inform is a new national health information service providing a single source of quality assured health information for the public in Scotland.
SHOW (Scotland's Health on the Web) provides information on more than 100 topics covering all aspects of healthy living and advice on coping with long-term health conditions as well as the NHS and health services.
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