- 1 in 4 in UAE at risk of developing bone disease
- Silent Disease “Osteoporosis” common among women, affects 1 in 3. Over 50 prone to osteoporotic fractures. 20% hip fracture cases can be fatal and 50 % cause permanent disability.
May 19, 2013, RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE:……………………..RAK Hospital launches “Love Your Bones” campaign in their continuous effort to create public awareness about effective ways of building bone strength, maintaining healthy weight and preventing osteoporosis. As part of the program, RAK Hospital is providing complimentary consultation with Ortho Specialist and DEXA scan at a nominal fee, the scan safely and accurately measures bone density and is a helpful tool in early detection of Osteoporosis. Scanning generally takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and is painless. Lack of exercise, poor diets and too little exposure to sunlight have put many UAE residents in danger of developing osteoporosis, Through this program RAK Hospital emphasizes balanced nutrition and healthy living as the best measures to keep the bones healthy while working on creating awareness and education on preventive measures.
• Program: “Love your Bones” campaign for Bone Health
• Dates: Sunday, 19 May 2013 – Thursday, 23 May 2013
• Venue: RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah
• Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
“Affecting more than 200 million women across the world each year, the only cure for osteoporosis is prevention. Key step towards the prevention of osteoporosis is to take regular bone scans. This painless ultrasound assessment provides essential information on bone health and bone quality. Vitamin D generated by sunlight is important and helps prevent the onset of the disease but unfortunately even though sunlight is in abundance, people living here spend very less time outdoors and don't receive beneficial nutrients from the sun. Surprisingly, one in three women in the UAE over the age of 50 is prone to fractures incurred through osteoporosis and could experience osteoporotic fractures. After a hip fracture, 20 percent of cases can be fatal and 50 percent cause permanent disability”, said Dr. John Bera, Specialist and Head of Department , Orthopedic Surgery at RAK Hospital.
For Healthier Bones
Eat a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, and foods and drinks with added calcium. Good sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, saltwater fish, liver, and milk with vitamin D. Some people may need to take nutritional supplements in order to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
Get plenty of physical activity. Like muscles, bones become stronger with exercise. The best exercises for healthy bones are strength-building and weight-bearing, like walking, climbing stairs, lifting weights, and dancing. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Live a healthy lifestyle. Don't smoke, and, if you choose to drink alcohol, don't drink too much.
Talk to your doctor about your bone health. Go over your risk factors with your doctor and ask if you should get a bone density test. If you need it, your doctor can order medicine to help prevent bone loss and reduce your chances of breaking a bone.
Prevent falls. Falling down can cause a bone to break, especially in someone with osteoporosis. But most falls can be prevented. Check your home for dangers like loose rugs and poor lighting. Have your vision checked. Increase your balance and strength by walking every day and taking classes like Tai Chi, yoga, or dancing.
The Orthopedic Department of RAK Hospital offers expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for adults and children with bone, joint or connective tissue disorders. Highly qualified expert doctors deliver personalized care focused on the entire individual and specific needs, utilizing the full spectrum of sophisticated support services of the hospital. From comprehensive trauma services to minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopic surgeries, we also specialize in reconstructive and joint replacement as well as spine surgery. The spectrum is completed to 360 degrees by our specialized team of physiotherapists as well as a qualified podiatrist.