Osteoporosis in India
Osteoporosis is greatly underdiagnosed and undertreated in Asia, even in the most high risk patients who have already had a fracture.
The problem is particularly acute in rural areas. In the most populous countries like China and India, the majority of the population lives in rural areas, where hip fractures are often treated conservatively at home instead of by surgical treatment in hospitals.
India: Expert groups peg the number of osteoporosis patients at approximately 26 million (2003 figures) with the numbers projected to increase to 36 million by 2013.
India: In a study among Indian women aged 30-60 years from low income groups, BMD at all the skeletal sites were much lower than values reported from developed countries, with a high prevalence of osteopenia (52%) and osteoporosis (29%) thought to be due to inadequate nutrition.
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