Osteoporosis becoming major health issue for Pakistani women

One out of every three women over the age of 50 in Pakistan is suffering from osteoporosis, health experts have said.

This was announced at a symposium titled Osteoporosis, a Silent Thief, which was organised in Karachi's Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College during the weekend, the Indo-Asian News Service reports.

Salman Faridi, medical director of the institute, said osteoporosis was more of a "silent ageing process" rather than a disease. Simple measures taken in advance can prevent the problem, he added.

A consultant endocrinologist at the hospital, Khalid Imam, talked about the effect of different drugs on bones, the news source reports. He said the problem was growing due to increased risk factors like sedentary lifestyle and dietary insufficiency.

The treatment options for osteoporosis include intake of calcium, vitamin D and bisphosphonates, which strengthen weak bones, according to the media outlet. Hormone replacement therapy is also a viable solution.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in three women and one in five men over 50 will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.
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