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The Silent Disease—OSTEOPOROSIS


Dr Ngozi R. Njeze

Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become fragile, weak and have increased possibility of fracturing. Movement during our daily activity can result in fracture. Osteoporosis may not have signs or symptoms till the fracture happens.

Osteoporotic fracture can be seen in 1 out of every 3 women and 1 out of every 5 men above 50 years of age. Do you know that an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds somewhere in the world? This disease is not far from us. Some people in our community and around us are suffering from it, probably without their knowledge. We also know our kinsmen (grandmother, mother, grandfather, uncle, father, or friend) who broke their bones or died, as a result of osteoporotic fracture.

Signs of Osteoporosis include: fracture, loss in height, severe bone pain, and abnormal curve of the back (hump). Postmenopausal women are at most risk of having this disease.

5 Important things that will help ensure strong bones and prevent this disease include:

  • Eating balanced diet (bone healthy) containing calcium, vitamin D, protein, fruits and vegetables.
  • Do regular exercise adapted for age.
  • Adequate sunshine exposure before 12 noon
  • Maintain correct lifestyle habits (reduce use of tobacco, excessive alcohol intake, ensure proper weight)
  • Identify risk factors, talk to your doctor, and get tested if there is need.


 In memory of Abor indigenes who died from osteoporosis related fracture.

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