Experts called for a national awareness campaign to be launched on osteoporosis which causes osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds
New Delhi. In the view of increasing incidents of osteoporotic fractures and disabilities, Medical Experts on the eve of World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) have called for a national awareness campaign to be launched on osteoporosis, which is on the rise in India.
“Osteoporosis is greatly under diagnosed and undertreated in our country, even in the most high risk patients who have already fractured. World Osteoporosis Day is a time for working together as a nation to make bone health and osteoporosis a priority. The problem is that even those who are affected (people with a high risk for osteoporosis) are not aware of the many dangers of the disease along with their risk factors,” said Dr. (Prof.) RAJU VAISHYA President of Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) & Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
Pic : Dr. (Prof.) RAJU VAISHYA
According to Dr. Vaishya, “Osteoporosis is often called “the silent disease”. As the disease progresses, it is usually painless and doesn’t present any obvious symptoms. In the majority of cases, a fracture is the first symptom.”
“Fractures caused by osteoporosis most often occur in the spine. They are almost twice as common as other fractures typically linked to osteoporosis, such as broken hips and wrists. Studies indicate that many at-risk seniors have very limited knowledge about the disease in spite of the fact that it is among the most common causes of debilitating fractures, spinal problems, pain and loss of independence in their age group, said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Senior Spine Surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Noida.
Pic : Dr. Rahul Gupta
“One should take proper supplements in diet including Calcium, Protiens and Micronutrients. This habit should start from school age so that the teachers can ensure that every child gets proper nutrient throughout the day”. In females and Senior citizens, most of the time damages has already been done as a result they require meniscal support in the form of calcium, biphosponates and parathyroid hormones. However overall healthy lifestyle and sunlight exposure is mandatory for everyone,” suggests Dr. Ashwani Maichand, Senior Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Institute of Bone & Joint (MGS Hospital), New Delhi.
Pic : Dr. Ashwani Maichand
Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds. Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.
In a study among Indian women aged 30-60 years from low-income groups, BMD at all the skeletal sites were much lower than values reported from developed countries, with a high prevalence of osteopenia (52%) and osteoporosis (29%) thought to be due to inadequate nutrition.