It was saddening to hear that the UK health system has similar problems (or perhaps even worse) diagnosing and treating osteoporosis as here in the US. A recent study (see http://www.healthcarerepublic.com/news/PracticeStaff/LatestNews/735072/National-evaluation-reveals-patchy-care-osteoporosis-falls/) shows that little is being done to help older men and women at high risk of falling before they suffer a fracture, and that inadequate numbers of those who do break bones are referred for bone density scans (the first step in determining one's level of bone loss and starting treatment). I've previously seen comparable distressing figures for the United States, although more recent indicators show things to be improving in this country. Hopefully the UK, with its many outspoken osteoporosis advocates (the Duchess of Cornwall among them) will do better in this regard before long.
Published On: September 08, 2007