Doctors in India gather to discuss high rates of osteoporosis

In recent weeks, the Allahabad chapter of the Indian Menopause Society convened to discuss the severity of osteoporosis among women in the country. Secretary of the chapter, Vandana Bansal told the Times of India that the risk of osteoporosis doubles with every fracture.

Bansal discussed the effects of the condition, while addressing the group.

Data suggests that in most western countries, the peak of osteoporosis occurs when individuals are between 70 and 80 years old, while in India it afflicts women who are between the ages of 50 and 60. Also, the incidence is higher among postmenopausal women and the elderly.

As women get older, estrogen levels decrease and the risk of osteoporosis increases, according to the news source. As a result, women who take birth control pills may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life because of the estrogen that many oral contraceptives contain.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture.
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