During the meetings of the Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Clinic, the approach to osteoporosis in the Jan Yperman Hospital is discussed.

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What is osteoporosis?

Bone is constantly being broken down and replaced This can cause a disturbance in the bone mineral content. As a result, the bone becomes brittle and fractures may occur.

Screening and treatment

Osteoporosis weakens your bones. It is a condition in which the 'bone mass’ gradually decreases, making the bones of our skeleton increasingly brittle. Women over the age of 75 have the highest risk of developing osteoporosis, as the menopause facilitates the process. In men, bone loss occurs mainly from the age of 70, due to reduced testosterone production.

Other causes of osteoporosis include lack of exercise, vitamin D deficiency, smoking, more than two glasses of alcohol a day, long-term use of cortisone...

Some of these factors mean that osteoporosis can also occur in young people.

The Geriatric Day Hospital treats people over 70 years of age. Other people with osteoporosis can visit the Physical Medicine department.

Whether you suffer from osteoporosis is checked by means of a bone densitometry. This painless examination takes place at the Physical Medicine department of JYZ or at the Medical Imaging Department.

When osteoporosis is diagnosed, you should:

  • take sufficient calcium and vitamin D every day
  • get enough exercise every day
  • moderate your alcohol intake
  • stop smoking
  • medication will also be prescribed

Multidisciplinary action

The latest guidelines for treating osteoporosis are discussed at the quarterly meetings of our hospital's Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Clinic.

Doctors within the Osteoporosis Clinic:

The osteoporosis clinic is very active at the Geriatric Day Hospital.


All consultations take place by appointment at the Physical Medicine secretariat on 057 35 73 80.

For people over 70 years old, an appointment can be made through the Geriatric Day Hospital on 057 35 62 71.

Last modified on 27 November 2023

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