Osteoporosis or bone loss is a deadly disease that affects the majority of older adults in modern societies. In countries like America, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 older adults, including both men and women, suffer some degree of bone loss.
In Singapore, the rate of osteoporosis has increased dramatically over the past three decades – by 5-fold in the case of women over 50 years old, and by 1.5 times in the case of men over 50.
Studies in the US, Singapore and other countries show that up to 1 in 3 people who suffer hip fractures due to osteoporosis die within one year. Most of the rest become permanently disabled and bed-ridden.