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Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterised by low bone mass and an increased susceptibility to fracture. The last two decades have seen an increase in our understanding of the epidemiology of fractures at the three most frequent sites (the hip, wrist and vertebral body). These new insights have led to the delineation of preventive strategies against these fractures for both the general population, and those individuals at highest risk. This review covers these descrptive epidemiological characteristics, as well as approaches to prevention.

Type

Journal article

Journal

The British journal of clinical practice

Publication Date

01/1996

Volume

50

Pages

33 - 36

Addresses

MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton General Hospital.

Keywords

Humans, Osteoporosis, Female, Fractures, Bone