Osteoporosis is a silent disease, marked by brittle bones. The perils of osteoporosis lies in its risk of fractures. Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will 1 in 5 men.
One of the most debilitating osteoporotic fractures happens in the hip. Data from Singapore show that the mortality rate one year post hip fracture is approximately 20% to 27%. Of the survivors, 20% become semi or fully dependent and 39% experience reduced mobility.
This is a major public health problem in Singapore especially when the proportion of the aged is increasing. While there are many effective pharmacological therapy to treat osteoporosis, some simple lifestyle changes will impact quite significantly on your bone health. Here are a few good advice.