Osteoporosis is a systemic disease causing bones to become porous and more susceptible to fractures of especially the spine, hip and wrist.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will get this disease (potentially 4-6million South Africans).
Osteoporosis is called the Silent Epidemic because there are usually no symptoms until you fracture a bone.
Once considered a normal part of ageing, we now know that osteoporosis can also affect young individuals. It is a serious disease and the cause of much pain and suffering.
Up to 20% of people die after a hip fracture and more than 50% of the
rest will never live independently again. This disease can be prevented and if you already suffer from osteoporosis, it can be treated with a variety of available medications -
unfortunately only a small percentage of patients have access to
the effective diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.