Osteoporosis, or porous bones, is a condition where your bones become weak and brittle.
Brittle bones are then prone to fractures, even with very minimal trauma. Most fractures from osteoporosis commonly occur in the hip, spine and wrist. Fractures in the spine and hip are of particular concern, as they almost always result in serious consequences such as hospitalisation or even death.
Over the last 30 years in Singapore, cases of hip fractures have increased five times in women aged over 50 and one and a half times in men of the same age group.