Parkinson's Disease: Osteoporosis

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Glyn Davies Glyn Davies Conservative, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues about early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis among people with Parkinson's disease.

Photo of Glyn Davies Glyn Davies Conservative, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of possible links between Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has made no assessment of the possible links between Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis. However, we are aware of a number of studies citing such a link, the most recent being published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry in March this year, which suggested that patients with Parkinson’s disease were at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. A number of possible risk factors are identified, such as instability and a deteriorating physical condition.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical guideline, Osteoporosis: assessing the risk of fragility fracture, sets out best practice for clinicians in the assessment of fragility fracture risk in patients. The guideline highlights a set of patients who are at risk of developing secondary osteoporosis, which includes those with, ‘immobility (due for example to neurological injury or disease)’. The guidance can be found at following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg146/resources/guidance-osteoporosis-assessing-the-risk-of-fragility-fracture-pdf

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