At PrimaNora Medical Centre the evaluation of bone health is essential components of our patients’ wellness. Bone is living tissue made up of specialized bone cells and plays a structural role in the body. Bone formation and bone resorption take place throughout life up until mid 30s where bone resorption occurs at a faster rate than bone formation, in both men and women. Consequently, there is a gradual decrease in bone mass as we age. Excessive loss of bone mineral leads to a condition called osteoporosis.
Today millions of men and women worldwide are suffering from osteoporosis. As the healthcare costs associated with osteoporosis can be staggering, the effect on your quality of life can be also devastating. Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable with safe and non-invasive testing.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease that primarily affects post-menopausal women. Literally meaning “porous bone”, osteoporosis is characterized by a decrease in normal bone density due to loss of calcium and collagen. As the bone becomes porous and fragile, the risk of fractures is greatly increased. Unfortunately, the loss of bone occurs ‘silently’ and progressively.