Osteoporosis is a major bone health issue of our our country. Osteoporosis or Brittle Bone Disease makes the bones fragile making it more prone to fractures. Consequently with little bump or a fall from standing height may result in a fracture which is generally termed as “Fragility Fracture“. Wrist, vertebrae and hips are the most common sites for fracture but it may occur in long bones of the leg (tibia and fibula), ribs and the collar bone. According to statistics 1 out of 3 females and 1 out of 8 males suffer from osteoporosis in India. It has been projected that by 2016 India would have more than 40 million patients suffering from this “Silent Disease“.
Bones stop growing in length between the ages of 16 and 18, but bone density continues to increase slowly until a person is in his or her 20s. At this point the balance between bone demolition and bone construction becomes stable. After the age of around 35, bone loss increases very gradually as part of the natural ageing process. This can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of broken bones. Women are particularly susceptible because bone loss becomes more rapid for several years following the menopause.
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Hence it is better that every individual accepts the path to a healthier life by inculcating healthy aspects in their lifestyle. Its time act young and serve up our bone health.