Estimates indicate that around half of women over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. These can be seriously debilitating, and can sometimes even lead to premature death.

The Royal Osteoporosis Society is working to change this, by providing people with information and support, by funding research, and by helping to shape practice and policy at every level.

As part of our Women’s Health: The Future We Deserve programme, our presenter Louise Minchin spoke to Craig Jones, CEO of the Royal Osteoporosis Society, about the issue of bone weakness in women — particularly after menopause — and the impact hip fractures have on life expectancy.

They also discuss the increasing care gap in the UK, which is getting worse in relation to other countries; the importance of raising awareness around osteoporosis for early diagnosis; and lifestyle changes that can help minimise people’s risks.

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