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John

John is 25 and leads an unhealthy lifestyle.
He smokes, drinks and follows an unhealthy diet.
He also suffers from asthma. 30 years later John
is diagnosed with an incurable disease.

Can you guess which one?

Hayley

Hayley has an eating disorder. Unfortunately that is not all she has.

Learn why

Xoliswa

Xoliswa is 50 and experiencing menopause. She has decided to take a calcium supplement.

Why did she do this now?

Susan

Susan is a mother of 2-year old Samantha. Her mother recently died due to complications of a hip fracture. She knows that addressing Samantha’s diet now and teaching her to eat correctly is important as she will be at risk later on in her life to develop a serious disease.

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Thomas

Thomas fell and broke his wrist. He has had numerous operations but independent use of his wrist seems unlikely.

Find out why

WELCOME

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bones are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrists, hip, pelvis and upper arms. In many affected people, bone loss is gradual and without warning signs until the disease is advanced. It can result in extreme pain and in severe cases even death.

To a find a doctor near you, call 0861 102 265.

  • Osteoporosis is also known as “the silent crippler” because a person usually doesn’t know that they have it until it’s too late. Unfortunately, in many cases, the first real “symptom” is a broken bone.
  • In South Africa, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will possibly develop this disease within their lifetime – which means potentially between 4 and 6 million South Africans suffer from Osteoporosis.
  • There are many misconceptions about osteoporosis, for example that it is “an old woman’s disease”. In fact, bone loss in women can begin as early as the age of 25.
  • Furthermore, new studies have shown the prevalence of osteoporosis in men is higher than previously thought with approximately one in five men affected.

CONTACT US

Email: info@osteoporosis.org.za
Telephone: 021 976 4995
Helpline: 0861 102 265
Fax: 021 976 4999

Physical Address:
Somerset 2 (Building name),
Suite 5, Somerset Crescent,
Durbanville, Western Cape,
South Africa, 7550

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 3761, Durbanville,
Western Cape, South Africa, 7551

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