The Independent on Saturday

The first real sign of osteoporosis is often a broken bone, making it a dangerous but silent disease. In some cases, loss of height may occur as a result of multiple fractures to the vertebrae of the spine.This is according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation South Africa.

World Osteoporosis Day which is celebrated on October 20 is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.