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“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates.

This is what we believe in at AktivOrtho- educating you about the right kind of exercise and the nutrition requirement for your body.

Exercise helps you to improve your bone health, increase muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and leads to better overall health. - National Institute of Health (US).

 

 

 

Questions &Answers for Osteoporosis

1. What is the scene for Osteoporosis disease in India and globally?
Due to poor dietary habits, low calcium intake and insufficient levels of Vitamin D, India is a country which requires a high level of education and awareness about the silent epidemic that is osteoporosis. People just do not realize that it is the 2nd most common health related risk in the world, that it starts to show signs at the age of 35 (it's not a disease that affects only the elderly!). People must also realize that with improved nutritional and regular physical activity that this disease is not just curable but also preventable. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men suffer from osteoporosis in India.

2. What are the new modalities of treatment prevalent?
Generally it requires 6-12 months of an intense 2-3 times a week of a specific exercise program as well as sensible nutritional advice to get people back on track.

3. What are the novel drugs to treat and control the condition?
There are many good and effective drugs available and individual drug treatment is dependent on a patient's blood results, their level of osteoporosis and any other pre-existing medical conditions. This should be discussed with your GP. We compliment any such treatment with an active, improved nutritional approach.

4. What are the challenges for specialists to treat this condition?
The challenges are to engage the patient to commit to making the effort to change their lifestyle and to do that long term; both dietary and exercise-wise. But at AktivOrtho we have some great success stories - once patients understand the disease and that they can help themselves with some simple changes, they usually are very co-operative. That's our job to keep them engaged and motivated!

5. On this World Osteoporosis Day, what are your suggestions to patients suffering and to those who could prevent the condition?
Information is everything and patients who believe that they may be suffering from this disease should inform themselves at a Centre where a functional & nutritional assessment can be made as well as a thorough diagnosis and prognosis affected with the help of a DEXA (bone mass measurement) scan and some blood tests. Thereafter, they should follow a regular exercise program focusing on their needs and overall health issues. As the old adage goes: prevention is cure and this is certainly the case - improve your diet and remember that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing osteoporosis by 1% per month.

60 minutes of exercise every day

The consensus physical activity guidelines for Asian Indians developed by Misra et al 2012 recommend a total of 60 minutes of physical activity every day for healthy Asian Indians in view of the high predisposition to develop type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and chronic heart disease (CHD).

 

Muscle Building Diet Supplements Linked To Liver Failure

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (USA) has issued a warning, saying that- people using diet supplement for weight loss or muscle building may be susceptible to acute hepatitis and liver failure.Taking care of your diet and exercise is the best way to take care of your health!

Suffering from Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea or are unable to have a restful sleep pattern- Exercise. Research has shown that regular exercise can help improve both the quantity and quality of sleep and also promote daytime alertness!

 

Exercise reduces the risk of dementia and other chronic diseases

Dementia is a general term for decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to interfere with daily life.

A long term study by the Cardiff University revealed that exercise throughout a person's life plays a significant role in reducing the risk of dementia.

The research found that the five factors that were integral to help avoiding disease were regular exercise, not smoking, a healthy body weight, a balanced diet and low alcohol consumption. However, exercise had the single biggest influence on dementia levels.

People in the study who followed four of these factors had 70% fewer instances of diabetes, heart disease and stroke compared with people who followed none of the factors.
Source: BBC News & www.huffingtonpost.com (10th& 12th Dec respectively)
 

Vitamin D- ''The sunshine vitamin''

Researchers recommend that 15-30 minutes of sun exposure at least twice a week to the face, arms, legs or back without sunscreen usually leads to sufficient Vitamin D synthesis. (National institute of Health, US)

 

 

Smoking and Osteoporosis (National Institute of Health, USA)

Cigarette smoking was first identified as a risk factor for osteoporosis more than 20 years ago. Recent studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density.

Important conclusions are as follows:
1. Smoking increases the risk of having a fracture.
2. The longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you consume, the greater your risk of fracture in old age.
3. Smokers who fracture may take longer to heal than nonsmokers and may experience more complications during the healing process.
4. Significant bone loss has been found in older women and men who smoke.
5. Compared with nonsmokers, women who smoke often produce less estrogen (a sex hormone) and tend to experience menopause earlier, which may lead to increased bone loss.
6. Quitting smoking appears to reduce the risk of low bone mass and fractures.
 

Obesity is a Disease

The American Medical Association (AMA) has classified obesity as a disease and not just a risk factor for other disorders. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute describes obesity as a complex, multifactorial disease.

Healthy eating and moderate exercise are proven preventable alternatives to medical treatments of obesity.

We at AktivOrtho care for you and so help you get an individualized nutrition and exercise plan made to prevent obesity and help you to be healthy and fit.