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Unhealthy food habits eating into youths’ bones

india Updated: Oct 20, 2011 01:14 IST
Divya Sethi

Osteoporosis, which was once labelled to be the disease of old age, is now slowly affecting the younger generation, irrespective of sex. Doctors blame this to the lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits.

As we take a step towards modernisation, we are actually falling prey to diseases, which once used to effect older generation. Doctors are getting more of such patients

According to Dr Rajesh Bawari, senior consultant, orthopedic, Max Healthcare, “Due to high deficiency of Vitamin D in young individuals, there have been more cases of osteoporosis. On an average, in a week, I come across 100 such patients who are either suffering from the disease or are developing symptoms.”

Dr T Sringari, senior consultant, department of orthopedics, Paras Hospitals, said, "Now, people between the age group of 35-45 years are more with the symptoms of osteoporosis like — mild pain in bones or muscles, particularly lower back or neck, loss of height and a stooped posture."

“I was leading a healthy life, but for the last few months I am having back ache and when diagnosed I was told that I am suffering from osteoporosis. Except back ache I never had any problem,” said Sanjay Mahendroo, a patient. “Now I regret about my eating habits as I never used to have dairy products which is the main cause of my problem," he further added.

Dr Rajesh Verma, senior consultant, orthopedics, Artemis Health Institute, said, “Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms. The first symptom is often a fracture. By that time a person loses 30% or more of his/her bone mass.”

Talking about remedial steps he said, “Our goal is to evaluate patients at an early stage to prevent the complications of osteoporosis, and treat them at the earliest.”