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A complete section on diet for healthy bones is also included with the majority of recommendations easily available in our Indian kitchens. Among the topics that are discussed, the common one is of osteoporosis. In many western countries, because of their populations' long survivals, this disease is considered to be a problem of old age. In India, however, osteoporosis is now being frequently seen in the young and economically productive age groups. The most serious consequences of osteoporosis are fractures that may commonly affect the spine, forearms and hips. However, by the time these fractures occur, much damage has already been done to the bone, and to prevent them it is important to act early. Treatment will include treatment with newer drugs and occasionally surgery, and prevention will include simple exercises and yoga descriptions, all of which you will find described in this book. We have also discussed a related bone softening disease called osteomalacia, which is usually called rickets in childhood. This has become more frequently diagnosed, perhaps because testing for vitamin-D levels in the blood and bone density measurement have become routine in 'Executive Health Checkups' and under 'Bone Health Packages' by some laboratories. This condition is eminently treatable by encouraging exposure to sunlight and providing calcium and vitamin-D supplements and is possibly a positive side of the routine check-ups that many doctors consider to be of doubtful value. Vitamin D has also gained a lot of attention after some studies have shown that it might play a role in the prevention of chronic ailments like heart disease, cancer and autoimmune conditions. However, although present data are not strong enough to recommend widespread supplementation to prevent chronic diseases, supplementation should be given to all patients who have vitamin- D deficiency because of its beneficial effects on the skeleton. It has been estimated that 80% of the 1-4 billion Indian population is either deficient in or has insufficient vitamin D and perhaps health care authorities should seriously consider adding it to fortify certain foods. ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Dr. Atul Kakar is presently working as Senior Consultant and Vice Chairman in Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital & associated hospitals, New Delhi. He is Professor of Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (GRIPMER). The post includes taking independent rounds inwards, taking clinical decisions and supervising all ward activities including procedures. Besides this, the other duties include teaching postgraduate students, staff and supervising the teaching schedules. He conducts bedside clinics for postgraduates and registrars in a daily ward round. Academic Wing of Association of Physicians of India had awarded him a fellowship of Indian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians Glasgow conferred him with an FRCP.
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SKU Code Elsvr B 558
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ISBN No. 9788131245798
Author Name Atul Kakar / Samiran Nundy
Publisher Name Elsevier Publishers
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