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Osteoporosis is a serious condition and a systemic disease, which is caused by the thinning of bones. It can lead to bones becoming even more susceptible to fractures – especially those of the spine, hip and wrists, which can result in extreme pain, and in some cases even death.

In South Africa, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will develop this disease within their lifetime – potentially between 4 and 6 million South Africans.

Also known as the “silent epidemic” because there are usually no visible symptoms until a bone fractures.  Osteoporosis – once considered a normal part of ageing, can affect anyone – even young individuals.

Prevention and treatment include doing regular exercises, taking calcium and vitamin D, as well as other osteoporosis medications, if needed.

Clinicians Provisional Programme 2016
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