About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us

Urban Population at High Risk for Brittle Bones

by Anjali Aryamvally on March 30, 2018 at 10:05 AM
Font : A-A+

Urban Population at High Risk for Brittle Bones

People living in the city are at high risk of suffering from brittle bones which can cause fractures even with simple acts like bending over or coughing, according to a new study.

Nearly 60 per cent of the respondents in Delhi, including men and women, were found suffering from osteopenia and nine per cent already had osteoporosis.


Osteopenia is a condition in which bone mineral density is lower than normal. It is considered by many doctors to be a precursor to osteoporosis that causes bones to become weak and brittle -- so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.

The study was done by the Orthopaedics Department of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. It was published in the March edition of the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR).

The survey was done among people living in Delhi areas like Sukhdev Vihar, Sarita Vihar, Kalkaji, East of Kailash and Mayur Vihar.

"In our study, the presence of osteopenia and osteoporosis was found to be higher in the urban Indian population. A high incidence of osteopenia and osteoporosis was observed in the studied population," said Raju Vaishya, orthopaedic surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.

Vaishya is one of the authors of the study.

He said a significant association of sex, parent history of fracture and secondary osteoporosis was found in the present study "whereas alcohol and steroid intake were not found to be significantly associated with the low T-scores".

Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. Osteoporosis is usually considered a 'silent disease' until a fracture occurs. It leads to nearly nine million fractures annually worldwide. Osteopenia is a bone condition characterised by bone loss that is not as severe as in osteoporosis.

He said a low-level of bone density could lead to a serious socio-economic burden in the future as the population of the elderly is bound to increase.

Identification of individuals at risk of developing osteoporosis and adequate treatment can prevent long-term morbidity due to osteoporotic fractures.

"Unfortunately, most population is largely unaware of the serious complications associated with osteoporosis. Even in the absence of a large scale cross-sectional study, hip fractures (HFs) are considered common and the peak incidence of osteoporotic HF is in younger age, around 50-60 years."

Source: IANS

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis 

Recommended Reading
HIV-Infected Men Suffer from Brittle Bones More Than Women
Bone mass loss has become a major adverse side effect of HIV infection and its treatment as a ......
Declining Mobility and Increasing Body Weight Causes Brittle Bones In Humans
When bones of hundreds of humans who lived during the past 33,000 years in Europe were studied, it ....
Understanding and Treating Brittle Bones
New insights into the means by which bone cells produce new bone in response to mechanical ......
New Approach to Treating Brittle Bone Disease Unveiled
A new approach to treating brittle bone disease, a congenital disorder that results in fragile ......
Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis
Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis is a disease of unknown cause, where bizarre thickening of the corti...
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Encyclopedia section of Medindia gives general info about Osteogenesis Imperfecta...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use