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NST Online – 31 December 2021

Malaysia’s ageing population is expected to reach 16.3 per cent by 2040 – as such, the number of women susceptible to osteoporosis is likely to increase as menopause is the most critical risk factor for the condition.

Osteoporosis refers to a skeletal condition in which a person develops low bone mass leading to fragile bones. This increases the risk of fragility fractures, impacting their independence, quality of life, and even survival. While osteoporosis can affect any bone, the ones in the wrist, hip and spine are most likely to be fractured.

Dato Dr Lee Joon Kiong, the Fragility Fracture Network of Malaysia (FFNM) president, founding member of the Bone Health Alliance Malaysia (BHAM) and consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Beacon Hospital, says osteoporosis is a major cause of fractures among postmenopausal women.

Those who already have an osteoporotic fracture are at a high risk of a subsequent fracture if they are not started on an appropriate treatment regimen. Women with severe postmenopausal osteoporosis are advised to talk to their doctors and determine the best treatment option for them to reduce their risk of future fracture.

Article link: Postmenopausal Osteoporosis

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