World Osteoporosis Day 2010
In the year 2010 the theme of World Osteoporosis Day -- observed on October 20, 2010 is “Don’t bend to Osteoporosis” and specialists are
emphasising on preventive measures like lifestyle changes, quitting cigarette smoking, regular exercise and a balanced diet.
In most of the western countries, osteoporosis occurs at the age of 70 to 80 years, whereas in India, it even affects people of 50 years.
On the eve of the World Osteoporosis Day, it was stated by doctors that in India the number of people affected by
osteoporosis was more as compared to Western countries. They added that bones lead to an increased risk of fractures in
osteoporosis and it was fast becoming a lifestyle disease.
Dr Mahesh Bijjawara, a spine surgeon at Mahaveer Jain Hospital, said
“Major osteoporosis fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hip bones and, between 25 per cent to 60 per cent of women aged over 60 years develop spinal compression
fractures.” He said that when the person is about 70-80 years of age, the peak incidence of osteoporosis occurs in the West, but in India it afflicts them even at 50.
He stated that during the growing years that are vital for the body, calcium should be taken in adequate quantity to keep the disease at bay.
Dr Rajagopalan, spine surgeon at St John’s Hospital and member of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India, said the best prevention is to
build strong bones and maximise peak bone mass before early adulthood. “From the mid thirties, there is a gradual progressive bone loss, which
continues throughout life and is accelerated at the time of menopause in women,” he said.
Ballon Kyphoplasty : This is an orthopaedic treatment for vertebral compression fractures and
can restore the vertebrae to the correct position reducing back pain and the number of days on bed. The one hour per fracture
procedure cost nearly one lakh rupees.
Estrogens and progesterone hormone replacement therapy are the available
treatment options for prevention of post-menopausal osteoporosis, amongst others.
Healthy habits to prevent disease
Strong, healthy bones are the foundation for lifelong vitality and independence.
The bone mass you attain early in life—before age 30 or so—may be the most important
determinant of bone health as you get older. Eat well now to help prevent osteoporosis—a bone-thinning
condition that often results in fractures and even loss of stature with age.
Healthy habits like not drinking alcohol, keeping smoking away, eating a
balanced and a healthy diet, exercising regularly and keeping weight under control are the ways to keep the disease away.
Fruits including prunes and bone health
It is important - ideally, to take in 1500 mg of calcium per day.
Dried fruits like apricots, dates, and prunes are boron-rich nutritional powerhouses – eat
them often to fight osteoporosis. Almonds and other nuts like peanuts and walnuts are good calcium-rich foods to eat.
Research is examining the positive link between eating fruits and vegetables and bone health. To help neutralize acids
created by digestion and metabolism, cells draw minerals out of bone, which can lower bone density.
Researchers think that potassium and magnesium, found in some fruits and vegetables, neutralize this acid and deter or slow bone loss.
In addition, fruits and vegetables provide nutrients that act as enzymes or co-factors in building bone, and
their non-nutrient compounds, such as phytochemicals, might also play a role.
Research conducted at Oklahoma State University discovered that prunes prevented bone loss in an animal model of postmenopausal osteoporosis and also in male subjects.
In addition, prunes helped restore bone mass after the loss had already occurred in the animals. Based on these promising findings, the researchers conducted
a small clinical trial with postmenopausal women not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Women who ate
about 12 prunes daily experienced an increase in biomarkers that measure the rate of bone formation.
California Prunes offer a convenient option for men and women looking to add more fruit to their diets.
Prunes are a rich source of several micronutrients involved in bone metabolism, including potassium, vitamin K,
and boron. Prunes can easily be incorporated daily into meals or snacks at any time of the day. Prunes
are not only great tasting and versatile, but are also great for protecting bone health without any adverse effects.
( Reference:The SCS Group :California Prune Board (www.prune.org)