n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of osteoporosis in the elderly

Volume 31, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Osteoporosis is common globally in both women and men. For decades it was thought that osteoporosis was confined to postmenopausal women. However, it is becoming increasingly recognised in pre-menopausal women and in men. In osteoporosis the bone is reduced in mass as well and has altered microarchitecture that increases the risk of a fragility fracture - defined as a fracture that is sustained with minimal trauma or from a standing height or lower. The prevalence of fractures, especially of the hip, increases with increasing age. The classical osteoporotic fractures in older individuals involve the spine, hip and wrist, but may also involve the ribs, shoulder and pelvis.

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