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Top Indian Orthopedic Doctors to Bring Focus on Osteoporosis at Arab Health 2012

December 19, 2011 - Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Arab Health 2012 invites participation from doctors and orthopedicians across India to participate in the conference that will have its key focus on Osteoporosis. India’s leading Orthopedicians will be sharing their learnings about the silently debilitating bone disease and interventions in the medicine world to counter it.

According to the Arthritis Foundation of India ( AFI), one out of eight men and one out of three women in India suffer from osteoporosis. The disease is increasingly being diagnosed among youngsters and is three times more common among Indian men than their western counterparts. AFI predicts that there shall be 36 million cases of osteoporosis in the country by 2013.

Recently published data established that Indians have low BMD[Bone Mineral Density] as compared to the western Caucasians; this could be attributed to differences in skeletal size; however, the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is a major factor in the low BMD and poor bone health of Indians. Study on Osteoporosis in Indians also demonstrates that this high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency exists across both urban and semi-urban Indians. Different subgroups of Indian population have been seen with the problem from urban office workers, postmenopausal women, pregnant women to school children and even newborns! Lack of the essential vitamins, an effect of rapid urbanization, darker skin pigmentation, smoking, obesity, diet and prolonged breast feeding without supplements, high caffeine and carbonated consumption, as well as a lack of vitamin D fortification in common foods seem to be the factors behind the disease.

The eighth Middle East Orthopedics Conference taking place at Arab Health Exhibition & Congress from 23rd – 25th January 2012 in Dubai, will bring the issue into sharp focus and interesting learnings are expected to be presented by experts around the world. The conference will address issues around orthopedics in the neonate, adolescent, senior patient, back patient and athlete as well as innovations and other topics pertinent to the region.

Mario Skugor, M.D., Co-Director, Endocrinology and Reproductive Organ Block, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA will be hosting a session on The Role of Vitamin D in Bone Health at the conference. Commenting on the issue he said, “Vitamin D deficiency is a critical concern and the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis demonstrates a clear need for change. In highlighting the issue during the conference, we aim to improve both awareness and education and highlight the disease as a national health priority alongside obesity and diabetes.”

Recommendations from the International Osteoporosis Foundation suggest bone health can be improved through the intake of vitamin D, regular and safe exposure to sunlight, a calcium and protein rich diet and supplements where necessary, and daily weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.

For more information about the Middle East Orthopedics Conference at Arab Health, please visit or call +971 4 407 2743.

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Source: Business Wire India


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