Human bone mass normally decreases from its adult peak with advancing age. This is especially so in women after the menopause, since post-menopausal oestrogen deficiency triggers the activity of the osteoclasts, the cells responsible for bone resorption, thereby causing an acceleration of bone remodelling. Osteoporosis is an avoidable skeletal condition characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to an increased risk of fracture. While the lifetime risk of osteoporosis for a 50-year-old man it is one in five, for a 50-year-old woman it is estimated at one in two .
Prevention of osteoporosis can be:
1. Primary, which involves preventing bone loss from occurring,
2. Secondary in which the progression of bone loss is inhibited to avert the development of fractures, or
3. Tertiary in which patients with existing fractures are treated to prevent subsequent fracture .
Although osteoporosis is relatively common, the diagnosis is often not made until after a fracture has occurred, so there is a good case for osteoporosis screening. Nutritional status is of key importance and is currently a major health issue, since many osteoporosis sufferers are introduced to anti-resorptive treatment without adequate prior nutritional assessments - which must limit the value of such treatments.
No mineral or vitamin containing nutritional supplements for 24 - 48 hours prior to testing.
2 x Gold (SST); 1 x navy blue (EDTA), 1 x green (heparin), 15ml of a second void early morning urine.
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NOTICE : Biolab Limited has gone into administration
14th July 2022
Biolab Limited has gone into administration due to the delay by The Care Quality Commission in processing our application to transfer our business activities to our laboratory site in West London following an earlier temporary suspension.
We always remained highly confident that Biolab would reopen and invested heavily in relocating the business, retaining and retraining our employees, developing new and improved methods of work and updating our documentation, so this comes as a huge disappointment for us all, but as you’ll appreciate no business can continue indefinitely without an income.
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