02 May '11, 9pm

The lovely bones: However, all is not lost for young adults like Janice. Incorporating good habits into your lif...

JANICE (not her real name) leads a fun, jet-setting lifestyle as an air stewardess. The svelte, attractive young woman is in the prime of her life. The same, however, cannot be said for her bones. At the age of 30, Janice's bone health is equivalent to that of a much older woman. And she is already seeing the effects of thinning bones. After fracturing her right wrist when she tripped and fell at work, Janice was shocked to discover that her bone density was well below the expected range for her age. Bone fractures from a simple fall are usually suspicious, said Dr Manju Chandran, director of the Osteoporosis And Bone Metabolism Unit, and consultant at the Department Of Endocrinology at Singapore General Hospital. "A fracture that occurs after a fall from standing height or less, or due to very minimal trauma, is considered as a fragility fracture. Unless otherwise proven,...

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