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Osteoporosis

26 April 2010

Bone health in the spotlight

Calcium causing heart attacks? Fat women healthier than thin women? These are some of the surprising research findings presented at an osteoporosis conference.

Calcium causing heart attacks? Fat women healthier than thin women? These are some of the surprising research findings presented at an osteoporosis conference in Cape Town.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone tissue is reduced. The micro-architecture of bone is disrupted, making the bones porous, leading to an increased risk of fracture which usually involves the spine, hip or wrist. It is widely – and wrongly – thought that osteoporosis is a disease that affects only older women. The truth is that it can affect young women and men too.

 

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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