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Oct 20 - World Osteoporosis Day


Why Osteoporosis is More Common in Women

A condition in which the amount of bone mass decreases to the point where the bones are fragile and easily fractured, affecting twice as many women as men. Women are particularly risk from the osteoporosis as they have a lower density of bone, because of smaller body size than men. more 

Read Articles on Bone Health by Orthopedic Surgeons

Bone-density test (DEXA)

Osteoporosis can be detected of the spine and hip with DEXA measurement, which is a painless, quick x-ray method.

Weight -bearing exercise, a diet rich in calcium, Vitamin D and other minerals (Sources & requirements) and not smoking (Quit smoking) can help prevent bone loss. Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective preventive treatment but is not suitable for all women. more


Is young India falling prey to orthopedic problems?

By :Dr. Rajeev K Sharma, MS (ORTHO), DNB (ORTHO), Joint Replacement Surgeon
Lack of physical activity, low exposure to sun, poor eating and living habits and a high paced life full of stress; all these markers point to an increasingly dangerous threat our young generation is falling prey to that of weak bones and early onset of osteo-arthritis.more

Tips on how to keep your bones healthy ?

By :Dr. Rajeev K Sharma, Joint Replacement Surgeon

Include adequate amount of calcium in your diet. Milk and dairy products have plenty of it. [In yogurt (400 mg per cup), milk (300 mg per cup), calcium-enriched orange juice (300 mg per cup), cheese (150-180 mg/oz), and canned salmon with bones (180 mg per 3 oz). Women should optimize their elemental calcium intake to 1000 mg/d until menopause and increase it to 1500 mg/d thereafter. Men should optimize their elemental calcium intake to 1000 mg/d until age 65, then increase it to 1500 mg/d. Source: Mayo Clinic]

Pay attention to vitamin D. Body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. An intake of 400 to 600 IU of vitamin D per day is recommended  Good sources of vitamin D include salt water fish, egg yolk, liver, cereals (40-50 IU per serving) and vitamin D-fortified milk or orange juice (400 IU per quart). Sunlight also contributes to the body's production of vitamin D.

Include physical activity in your daily routine. Motion is the lotion for joints; walking, jogging, mild- to moderate-impact aerobics, resistance exercises can help strengthen your bones and joints.

Avoid substance abuse. Don't smoke and avoid access of alcohol.