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Young Indians susceptible to osteoporosis: report

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Young urban Indians are becoming increasingly vulnerable to osteoporosis and other bone disorders due to dietary fads and spending more hours away from sunlight, suggests a study published on Sunday.

Young urban Indians are becoming increasingly vulnerable to osteoporosis and other bone disorders due to dietary fads and spending more hours away from sunlight, suggests a study published on Sunday. The in-house study by the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, found 66 per cent of 92 of their staffers surveyed were deficient in vitamin D, vital for strong bones. The study attributed the finding to low exposure to sunlight, the study quoted by the Times of India said. “Apart from doctors, top multinational company executives who work for long hours indoors are also susceptible to diseases of the bone,” said KK Agarwal, vice chairman of the Heart Care Foundation of India, which also runs the Osteoporosis Prevention Centre. “Until now, osteoporosis was considered a disease of post-menopausal women. But in India, its incidence was found to be (in the ratio of) 4:6 in men and women,” KK Agarwal said. In addition, young people obsessed with maintaining perfect figures would rather consume a diet drink than milk, making them also vulnerable to bone diseases, the report said. (Source:AFP, ABC Health News, Feb 2004)

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Posted On: 23 February, 2004
Modified On: 7 December, 2013

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