Osteoporosis: Early detection must for treatment to prevent consequences


DOCTORS AT the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research said as there is one hip fracture every three seconds due to osteoporosis, early detection of the ailment is a must so that treatment can begin early to prevent the consequences related to the disease. Doctors said osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to the loss of bone.
The Department of Endocrinology is hosting a conference on metabolic bone disease in association with the Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research from November 10 to 12.
At a press conference, doctors said they were targeting osteoporosis, one of the major killers of mankind. Dr Anil Bhansali, who addressed the media, said bone disorders were not only the arena of orthopaedics, but also of endocrinologists, as metabolic bone disease is the third most common endocrine disorder after diabetes and thyroid.
“Hip fracture is associated with high mortality, only two-thirds will survive at the end of one year of fragility hip fracture. It is also associated with high morbidity. Approximately, 75 per cent individuals are unable to perform one activity of daily life and one-third are dependent on others,” said doctors at the press conference.
Dr Bhansali said Vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis were the most common bone disorders and they usually aggravate with longevity. “Uncontrolled diabetes itself is a risk factor for poor bone health and has increased risk of fracture,” he added.
Experts said adequate exposure to sun, optimal amount of calcium and Vitamin D intake, appropriate consumption of dairy products, regular performance of weight-bearing exercises, cessation of alcohol and smoking are some of the successful steps taken to maintain good bone health.
Dr Sanjay Bhadada from the Department of Endocrinology said diabetics should have a good blood glucose control and annual checking of osteoporosis.