Over 80 pc women suffer from Osteoporosis: Kakar

By Our Reporter
QUETTA: Over 80 per cent women across the world, including in Pakistan suffer from Osteoporosis which is a silent killer that fragile bones while millions of dollars are being spent on patients of Osteoporosis in United States and other countries.
This was disclosed during a seminar organized by Pakistan Osteoporosis Society Balochistan chapter to mark the International Day of Osteoporosis, here at a local hotel on Saturday.
President Osteoporosis  Society Balochistan, Dr. Lal Muhammad Kakar, Dr. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Dr. Zahid Khan Mandokhel, Dr. Uzma Khan and Dr. Colonel (rted) Tahir Iqbal Mirza were amongst key speakers.
They said that Osteoporosis was a condition of fragile bone with an increased susceptibility to fracture. “Osteoporosis weakens bone and increases risk of bone’s breaking,” they said adding that bone mass (bone density) decreases after 35 years of age, and bone loss occurs more rapidly in women after menopause.
They stressed upon the need to create awareness amongst the people about Osteoporosis particularly in women and girls which occurs  when they did not get adequate food and care.
“Over 60 million people across the world, including that of Pakistan are suffering from this disease while the ratio of Osteoporosis is also high in Pakistan”, experts said, adding $ 17 million annually is being spent on this disease in United States. They feared that if proper attention was not paid on this disease the expenditures treating Osteoporosis would mount to $ 34 billion in 2025.
They said that main risk factors for osteoporosis include genetics, lack of exercise, lack of calcium and vitamin D, personal history of fracture as an adult, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, history of rheumatoid arthritis, low body weight, and family history of osteoporosis.
They regretted that young girls only take 100 gram calcium while 1200 gram calcium is required daily adding that this should be given attention since 90 per cent parts of bone completed till 20 year age.
“Patients with osteoporosis have no symptoms until bone fractures occur,” they added.
They said that treatments for osteoporosis were medications, stopping use of alcohol and cigarettes, and assuring adequate exercise, calcium, and vitamin D.

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