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Osteoporosis on the rise among youth
News, Orthopaedics & Traumatology
97 Views October 19, 2019

Osteoporosis, a disease which affects the bone health among the elderly, is now affecting young people as well, said orthopaedic doctors. Addressing a press conference to spread awareness about the disease, they explained prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. “It is a silent killer as there are no visible symptoms. Only when a person suffers a fracture even after a minor fall will one suspect osteoporosis. It is not just about less bone density and bone loss but overall bone health which in turn impacts the holistic wellbeing of a person,” said U.T. Vassan, Senior Consultant and HOD, Joints Conservation and Sports Injuries Centre, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre. “October 20 is celebrated as World Osteoporosis Day. There is a need for a greater awareness of the disease. Right from childhood, we must ensure a nutritious diet apart from an active lifestyle. Children should be allowed to play out under the sun so that Vitamin D is absorbed by the body. Only some form of exercise will make the bones strong. A person builds bone mass till 35 years after which bone loss begins,” said Vetri Nallathambi, Spine Surgeon.

Source: The Hindu

Date: 18.10.2019

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