SOMEONE in Australia is admitted to hospital with an osteoporotic fracture every five to six minutes and this figure is set to rise as our population ages.
Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone mineral density or weaker bones.
According to Osteoporosis Australia, the most common sites of osteoporosis are the hip, lower back and the bones just above the wrist.
Osteoporosis is called the 'silent disease' because there are usually no signs or symptoms until a fracture occurs.
These fractures are common and place an enormous medical and personal burden on aging individuals and a major economic toll on the nation.
Bone density testing is a vital component in the detection and management of osteoporosis.
Bone density is linked with bone strength and is an excellent predictor of future fracture risk.
MeasureUp is now bringing DEXA for bone mineral density testing to your town on a regular basis.
As such, a referral from your local GP is required for this service.
We will be in Wauchope for three days, at the Hastings Co-op SUPA IGA on Tuesday July 10 and 11 and at Hastings Medical Centre, 70 High Street pm July 12.
For appointments please call 1800101163.