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What is osteoporosis?

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A condition characterised by weak bones and an increased risk of bone fracture. It is caused by insufficient calcium and vitamin D intakes throughout life together with lifelong lack of resistance exercise.

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Osteoporosis is a condition in which the quality and density of the bone weakens. This leads to an increased risk of fractures, commonly in the wrist, hip or spine. The condition actually develops much earlier than when the first signs are seen and is a result of insufficient calcium and vitamin D intake and too little resistance exercise over many years.

Osteoporosis is largely treatable, even preventable. However, without prevention or treatment, osteoporosis can progress to such an extent that it causes pain, disability and loss of independence.

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