n South African Psychiatry Review - Exploring the association between low bone density and depression : a worthy pursuit for the South African context? : letter to the editor




Osteoporosis claims a place in the World Health Organization's list of the world's ten most serious diseases, but in spite of this, the disease is not afforded adequate attention in South Africa. According to Bateman most South African medical aids have removed osteoporosis from their list of prescribed minimum benefits, resulting in even fewer people being able to access preventative medicine for this silent disease. The epidemiology of osteoporosis is cause for alarm.


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