Ask the Doc | Dr. Debashish Chanda | Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is characterized by tiredness, pain in bones and difficulty while performing physical activities. This condition silently affects the human body and with age and time, bones gradually lose strength, become weaker, therefore increasing the risk of falls and fractures.
So, what exactly is osteoporosis?
It is a medical condition in which the bones become frail due to the deficiency of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. This deficiency could be due to hormonal changes, or could even be genetic. A low bone density in turn becomes a precursor to osteoporosis.
As per International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis mostly goes underdiagnosed and people don’t take proper treatment, until something major, like a fracture, happens. Surprisingly, this problem is not just restricted to rural areas but is widely prevalent across.
While physical activity is a must to keep our body fit and active but it doesn’t specifically guarantee strong bones. Hitting the gym and lifting iron may help you strengthen your muscles but you also need to nourish your bones with Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, calcium, iron, protein and other nutrients. Surprisingly, Osteoporosis can be prevented with proper intake of vitamin D and vitamin B12 along with calcium.
Watch the video here as osteoporosis expert Dr. Debashish Chanda of the CK Birla Hospital in Gurgaon highlights various bones related situation. He talks about the importance of taking care of your bones, keeping a check on vitamin D, vitamin B12 and calcium and monitoring bone density with a Dexa scan. Dr. Chanda also highlights certain causes behind low bone strength, consequences of weak bones and how to improve your bones’ condition.
“Vitamin D is the key to healthy bones” : Dr. Debashish Chanda