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How common is osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in the world. In South Africa, the incidence of osteoporosis typically differs with ethnic origin.

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Osteoporosis is the leading bone disease in the world. In South Africa the incidence of osteoporosis in the white, Asian (from the Indian subcontinent) and mixed-race populations appears to be similar to that in developed countries, although no fracture data exist. Osteoporosis of the hip is less prevalent in the black populations, although vertebral bone mass, and possibly also vertebral fracture prevalence, appear to be similar among black and white South Africans. Osteoporosis can affect both men and women and, although quite rare, even children.

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