Category Archives: Awareness

Down to the Bone: the growing worldwide prevalence of osteoporosis

It is currently estimated that over 200 million people worldwide suffer from Osteoporosis. The incidences are increasing because of the longer life expectancy of so many people in today’s world where medical advancements help us to stay alive and relatively healthy a lot longer.

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The Skeleton in the Cupboard: osteoporosis and other bone diseases

One rarely comes home after a busy day and says: ‘Gee, my bones were working well today.’ No, we don’t. We worry about things we can see – like a mountainous pimple just before an important date, or an expanding waistline, or a broken nail, or a bloodshot eye. But we rarely think about our […]

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Am I at Risk of Developing Osteoporosis?

Treating someone with established osteoporosis is difficult and the real key to managing this disease is by preventing it! Identifying your risk factors early can help stop bone loss sooner rather than later when it may be more difficult to treat. Because there are no real symptoms until a fracture happens, we call it the […]

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Too Close to the Bone: Effects of Smoking on your Bones

In the 1950s nearly everyone smoked. It was hip and happening – and if you were young, it looked cool. If you were a teenager, the reasoning was that it made you look grown up. And because all teenagers hate looking too young, anything that allows at snatch at adulthood is leapt upon with alacrity […]

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The stark reality of South Africa’s low calcium intake

It is no exaggeration to say that the effects of osteoporosis are crippling – that the causes of it can be effectively curtailed by knowing some simple dietary and lifestyle facts, therefore seems all the more concerning and unnecessarily cruel. Some disturbing statistics: The average daily intake of calcium in South Africa is approximately 400-500mg/day […]

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