HMC: About 13.4% women in Qatar suffer from postmenopausal osteoporosis
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In line with the World Osteoporosis Day, HMC is raising awareness among residents about of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
According to Dr. Abdulmonen Baco, Senior Consultant Spinal Surgeon at HMC’s Orthopedic Department, the rate of incidence of osteoporosis increases when you reach mid-30s, and mostly occurs among females because the estrogen hormone that controls the strength of the bone diminishes after women reach menopausal age. In Qatar, about 13.4% women in Qatar suffer from postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A stooped posture
- A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected
- Generalised bone pain
Prevention is better than cure
The best way to reduce the chances of osteoporosis is by bringing changes in your lifestyle, advises Dr. Baco. These include: increased exposure to sunlight, regular exercise, healthy diet, avoiding alcohol and quitting smoking.
“The good habits will be to increase consumption of diets rich in calcium and vitamin D or as supplements and tablets. For instance, drinking a pint (450 ml) or 4 cups of milk a day will give the daily dietary requirement of calcium. Same dietary intake can be obtained by consuming cheese, yogurt, calcium-fortified soya milk, sardines, okra, spinach, water cress, apricot and figs,” he adds.