From about the age of 35, you gradually lose bone density. This is a normal part of ageing, but for some people it can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures.
There are often no warning signs for osteoporosis until someone experiences a fracture, usually after a minor fall.
If your doctor suspects you have osteoporosis, or are at high risk of developing the condition, you may be referred for a bone density scan.
Treatment for osteoporosis is based on treating and preventing fractures and using medication to strengthen your bones.
Last reviewed: June 2015