As part of an initiative to raise awareness for osteoporosis, Himalaya Drug Company conducted a checkup camp today at Government Ayurveda Hospital, Perumbavoor on the occasion of World Osteoporosis day.
The Himalaya Drug Company initiated the programme in 2002. Till date, around 1,500 camps across India have been conducted, helping around 67 lakh women, a press release said. Himalaya partners with orthopedists to conduct these camps.
A World Health Organization (WHO) study revealed that around 300 million people suffer from osteoporosis in India and in the next decade it is expected to increase by about 50 per cent. A recent report by International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) said osteoporosis affects women more than men and about one in three women over the age of 50 are reported to be osteoporotic.
Kerala’s total population as per the 2011 census is around 3.36 crore, of which 12.6 per cent are aged above 60 years. The high percentage of elderly population in the State makes prevention, care and treatment for the disease important. Dr Reji Kizhakkedath, Senior Consultant of Holistic Spiritual Medicine & Auric Enhancement Therapy from Anugraha Medical Centre in Kochi said that diet, lifestyle and genetics triggers osteoporosis.
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