Living Well: Osteoporosis-the silent thief

The condition presents few symptoms, so screening is recommended for older adults

ST ILLUSTRATION : CEL GULAPA

There are three little words in the life of an otherwise healthy older person that I hate to hear. These are "had a fall". These words are widely recognised as heralding the beginning of the end.

Unfortunately, fall risk is relatively high in older adults. According to the Health Promotion Board Singapore, about one-third of Singaporeans aged 60 and above have recurring falls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2019, with the headline 'Osteoporosis-the silent thief'. Print Edition | Subscribe