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50% of Indian’s to suffer from Osteoporosis: Study

One in three women and one in five men are at risk of an osteroporotic fracture.

Written by Agencies | Coimbatore | Published: October 20, 2012 5:17 pm

Osteoporosis,characterized by low bone mass with micro architectural deterioration of bone tissue leading to enhanced bone fragility,is three times more common in Indian population than occured in other countries,a senior ortho expert said today.

Around the world,one in three women and one in five men were at risk of an osteroporotic fracture and the most common being occurence of fractures at the hip,spine and wrist,Dr C Rex,Chief,Rex Ortho Hospital,told reporters here.

Sharing a perspective on osteroporosis and its prevention,Rex said that considered to be the second major problem next only to cardiovascular disease as a global health care problem,it increased the susceptibility to fracture,reflected only in a low bone density,till a fracture occured.

Stating that people may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a suden strain,bump,or fall caused a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse,he said that collapsed vertebrae may initially be felt or seen in the form of severe back pain,loss of height or spinal deformities such as kyphosis (severely stooped posture).

Nearly 300 million people suffered from osteoporosis in India and the next decade as much as 50 per cent of the Indian population will be victim to this condition,Rex,quoting a WHO study,on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day being

celebrated today,said.

A lot of physical activity during the preteen and teen years was the only definite way that increase bone mass and greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis in adulthood,he said.

“When an older woman or man has a fracture,we must see if they have low bone mass or osteoporosis. This is the biggest red flag warning that more fractures will follow,” Rex said.

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