For Colchester & district residents who have, or know someone who has, Osteoporosis, a local support group is holding meetings to give them advice and support with this �silent�disease.

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak. Approximately three million people in the UK have osteoporosis, and there are over 230,000 fractures every year as a result. Osteoporosis happens more commonly as we age when the body becomes less able to replace worn-out bone. Special cells within the bones, called living bone cells, are no longer able to break down old bone and renew it with healthy, dense new bone. As you get older, you also lose a certain amount of bone, causing the bones to become thinner. The bones become fragile and more likely to break (fracture), particularly the bones of the spine, wrist and hips.

There is help available for those who have this disease with a local support group.

There is a �2 charge for non-members of the group (members �1)

For further information contact: Pat/Ken Barker on 01255 813757 or Stella Barnes on 01621 815900