Osteoporosis cases on the rise in India

According to a latest survey report as many as 36 million Indians could be affected by osteoporosis by 2013 but osteoporosis – a disease associated with brittle bones, fractures and painful recovery – remains one of the most damaging diseases in the country.

According to the figures from the Arthritis Foundation of India, it will become the next big health worry.

“The number of cases of osteoporosis has almost doubled in the last 10-15 years,” Rajeev K. Sharma, senior consultant, orthopaedics, and joint replacement surgeon at Delhi’s Indraprastha Apollo hospital, said.

Almost one in three urban Indian women past the age of 45 has osteoporosis. Even men are not immune to it, as doctors say that men in their old age do face the problem.

“It’s a myth that men are immune to it,” says Raju Vaishya, president of the Arthritis Care Foundation.

“Average life expectancy, which was around 46 in 1947, has increased to around 70 now. As life expectancy increases, diseases related to old age are also increasing,” he says.

Doctors say that the main reason behind it is the poor eating habits, fast changing lifestyles, odd sleeping habits and lack of physical activity and off course inheritance.

“Dietary habits are changing very fast. More and more people are relying on junk or processed food instead of regular balanced diet which has calcium, Vitamin D and other minerals,” says Vaishya.

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