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10 million Pakistanis at high Osteoporosis risk: Dr Kakar.

QUETTA, December 23, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Senior orthopaedic surgeon and President Pakistan Osteoporosis Society Balochistan chapter Prof-Dr Lal Muhammad Kakar has said that over 10 million Pakistani people are at high risk of prone to Osteoporosis adding that of them 80 percent are women. He said this in a seminar on Osteoporosis organized by Association of Health Journalists Balochistan (AHJB) at Quetta Press Club premises here on Thursday. Over 61 million people across the world are patient of Osteoporosis, he said adding that people in USA had incurred over US $17 billion on Osteoporosis fractures including 0.3 million hip fractures, 0.7 million spinal fractures and 0.25 million wrist fractures in 2001. He said that Osteoporosis was a disease in which bones become fragile and start to break due to acute deficiency of Calcium and vitamin D. He said that milk, egg, yogurt, leaf vegetable, high testosterone and estrogen level protect a person from bone loss. He said that calcium intake also strengthen cardiovascular muscles. Senior Gynaecologist Prof Dr Uzma Sohail said that Calcium deficiency used to make a person prone to insomnia, dry skin, low back pain, depression and Osteoporosis. She said that average intake of Calcium should be at per 130 MG daily in adults of age between 09 to 13 years-old, 800 MG daily in non-pregnant women, 1200 MG daily in pregnant women and 1500 MG daily in women suffering from postmenopausal. She said that excessive intake of slat, cola drinks, caffeine, smoking, alcohol, fluoride toothpaste and mouth wash put hurdles in absorption of Calcium in the body. Senior physiotherapist Dr Faryal Rehman Shah said that two types of Physiotherapy including electro therapy and physical exercise helped in treatment of full body pain, cervical pain, low back pain and joint pain. She lamented that unfortunately, there were no single school or college of physiotherapy in Balochistan in comparison with other provinces where about 11 physiotherapy educational institutions had been functioning. Dr Ilyas, Dr Marjan Khan and others were present. A large number of journalists attended the seminar. Later, Sabir Awan, the President AHJB thanked the senior health experts for delivering their lecturers on health issue to media persons.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 23, 2011
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