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 A-Z of Osteoporosis: All your Questions Answered

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that gradually weakens the bones, leading to painful and debilitating fragility fractures (broken bones). These fractures can occur after a minor fall from standing height, or as a result of a bump, a sneeze, or even from bending over to tie a shoelace. Any bone can break […]

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The F-Word

In 2004 a patient organisation in the UK dealing with elderly people, published a leaflet about preventing falls in the aged. The title was “Don’t mention the F-word”. This title reflected the attitude of many older people who do not consider themselves old enough to fall as the general feeling was that it can “make […]

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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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Vitamin D: is your lifestyle increasing your chances of osteoporosis?

We love the sun. It’s the first thing we search for when we go on holiday. It’s the thing we consider when retiring. We complain when there are too many grey days. And we are gripped by an ‘island in the sun’ mentality when it comes to money. If we just work a bit smarter, […]

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Male Osteoporosis: facts to make men pause

Few men think about osteoporosis with any real concern. They assume it is mainly an ailment of elderly women past menopause. Well, pause – and think again. Not only is this silent disease also relevant to men, particularly over the ages of 65 – 70, but the number of men with osteoporosis is rapidly increasing. […]

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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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IOF Global Patient Charter

Osteoporosis remains severely underdiagnosed and undertreated! Take action for a world without fragility fractures. Sign up for the IOF Global Patient Charter here.

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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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