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What’s new in osteoporosis care?

This article looks at the latest concepts and developments in the field of osteoporosis relevant to primary care practitioners and health professionals dealing with this long-term condition.

Osteoporosis is a disease characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD), deterioration of bone tissue, disrupted bone microarchitecture, compromised bone strength, and resulting fracture. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) diagnostic classification, osteoporosis is defined by BMD at the hip or lumbar spine that is less than or equal to 2.5 standard deviations below the mean BMD of a young adult reference population (T-score).1 Women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis than men because the hormone changes that happen at the menopause directly affect bone density. Increased bone loss after menopause and age-related bone loss means the prevalence


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