Mike underwent a fracture risk assessment in the House of Commons to raise awareness of the risk to bones of breakage.
Fractures are a major health concern in Hove and Portslade, outnumbering both heart attacks and strokes. It is estimated that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer a fracture after the age of 50. Three million people in the UK have osteoporosis, a long-term condition which results in fragile bones that can lead to painful and disabling fractures in both men and women.
Mike underwent a FRAX fracture risk assessment, which has been developed by a group of Sheffield-based clinicians and endorsed by the World Health Organisation. FRAX is a web-based tool which can determine the 10-year probabilities of suffering a hip or other major fragility fracture. The calculation is based on answers to a simple online questionnaire. The online assessment can be accessed at www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/.
Commenting, Mike said: “Fractures can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, particularly older people who can lose their independence, quality of life and even their home following a debilitating hip fracture. It is vitally important that people with an increased risk of fractures are getting the treatment they need to protect their bones and hopefully prevent a future fracture from ever occurring. I would urge anyone who is concerned to complete the simple online FRAX questionnaire.”