How dense are you

Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It’s a disease that occurs when our bones lose minerals – principally calcium; and the body can’t replace these minerals fast enough to keep the bones healthy. The bones become fragile and brittle. They break and crack more easily. All bones are at risk, but the most common fractures occur in the spine, the hip and the wrist.

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Beat the brittle bone disease

World Osteoporosis Day (20 October) has one again highlighted the need for us all to be building healthy bones.

In Australia, fifty per cent of women and thirty percent of men over 60 years of age will have an osteoporotic fracture. Presently, every 5-6 minutes someone is admitted to an Australian hospital with a fracture due to osteoporosis; and this is likely to increase to every 3-4 minutes within the next ten years.

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