Osteoporosis camp in the AJ Hospital and Research Centre

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Mangalore, August 12: Osteoporosis camp will be held at A J Hospital & Research Centre from August 16 to September 14 and the camp participants will be offered free Registration and Consultation, said Dr. Prashanth Marla K., M.S., M.Ch. (Urology

He said that the participants will also get discounts in Bone Mineral Density (Dexa) Scan of Spine & Hip at 50% discount that is Rs.800 against the actual cost of Rs.1600.

What is Osteoporosis?

‘Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture.  It affects 200 million women worldwide.  One third of women aged 60 to 70 and two third of women aged 80 or older suffer from osteoporosis.  Approximately 30% of women over the age of 50 have one or more vertebral fractures.  Osteoporotic hip fractures are the most devastating ones, associated with high mortality rate’ he said.

 ‘Osteoporosis commonly affects postmenopausal women, but men are not spared. Other conditions like hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism and long term steroid therapy also increase the risk of osteoporosis, he said.  Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common causes of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be estimated by measuring bone mineral density. Bone mineral density is measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. By detecting osteoporosis early, treatment for the same can be started with calcium, vitamin D, bone strengthening/ forming agents and anti drugs, he said.

By: Sathish Kapikad

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