Your bones are continuously changing — new bone is made and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, and your bone mass increases. Bone density normally drops with age.
Osteoporosis is a potentially crippling disease characterized by low bone mass (density) and deterioration of bone tissue. The condition leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture – most often at the spine, wrist or hip.
There are usually no warnings if you have developed osteoporosis and it’s often only diagnosed when a bone is fractured after even minor falls.
DXL-Calscan densitometry is a simple test that quickly and accurately measures the density of bone.
Your genes are responsible for determining your height and the strength of your skeleton, but lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise influence how healthy your bones are.