Our bones are constantly changing, and as we age we lose bones more quickly than we replace them. As a result, our bones can become porous, weak and brittle. If left unchecked, this bone loss can lead to Osteoporosis.
The disorder makes bones weak and at high risk of breaking or fracturing, particularly the spine, wrists, hip, pelvis and upper arms. People who have Osteoporosis have bones that can break with even the mildest impact. For example, from a minor fall. (www.uptodate.com).
In many affected people, the bone loss is gradual and without warning signs until the disease is advanced. It can result in extreme pain and in severe cases even death.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in South Africa will possibly develop this disease within their lifetime – some as young as 25 years.
That is why it is important to do regular Bone Density tests. Under the SAMWUMED Cares Wellness Programme, members can do these tests for free once a year.
Have regular free check-ups as part of your benefits.
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