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Osteoporosis patients fail to take medicine properly

PATIENTS failing to take their medicine is the major reason for poor osteoporosis therapy in China, medical experts told a osteoporosis forum in Shanghai today.

There are about 88 million osteoporosis patients, or one in every two elderly people, in China. It is the fourth most common chronic disease in the nation.

Osteoporosis usually affects women over 40 years of age and men after 50. In China, about 56 percent of women over 60 have osteoporosis.

"Long-term medication is required to treat osteoporosis, however about 87 percent of Chinese patients take medicine for less than three months. To decrease the risk of fractures, patients need to take medicine for more than one year," said Dr Zhu Hanmin, director of the osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment center at Huadong Hospital. "Frequent monitoring can help patients as they can get therapy in time and doctors can encourage them to take their medicine regularly."


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