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Osteoporosis affects 1.2 million Australians and a further 6.3 million people have low bone density (osteopenia), a possible precursor to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle resulting in a higher risk of fractures than normal bone. This condition is a result from a loss of minerals, such as calcium, at a quicker rate than the body can replace them leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). This causes bones to become thinner and less dense, meaning that even a minor bump or fall can cause serious fractures which are known as 'fragility' or 'minimal trauma fractures. 

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