Participants in a webinar on bone health stated that while men and women attained their peak bone mass around the age of 30, women tended to lose their bone mass faster.
Doctors say that women and men should build their bones before the age of 30 so that they can benefit as they get older.
Before International Women’s Day on 8 March, Hindu A webinar on bone health was recently organized as part of a wellness series with Kaveri Hospital.
The participants included the co-founder and chief orthopedic surgeon of Kaveri Hospital, S.W. Chokalingam, consultant trauma and orthopedic surgeon in the Tiruchi branch of the hospital, and participants including Diabetes, Endocrinology and Head of Women’s Health Department Usha Shriram. Voluntary health services in Taramani reiterated that women should include adequate exercise.
While men and women attain their peak bone mass around the age of 30, women lose their bone mass rapidly.
“Bone is a dynamic organ that is alive and contains cells,” she explained.
Dr. Chockalgam connected the body to a building and bones to a steel structure, on which brick and mortar are built.
“Bone is a vibrant structure, which is why it hurts when a bone is broken, muscles ache and joints become weak,” he explained. He said that both obesity and underweight can adversely affect bone health.
Dr. Arvindan said that menopausal women in his hospital are advised to regularly check bone health and bone density. “We recommend dietary changes and regular exposure to sunlight. Women should not ignore regular weight gain exercises.
Women over 65 years of age with broken bones have more challenges to manage because their bones are fragile and do not have the ability to hold the bones.
Participants wanted to know if they could take collagen as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication and whether sunscreen would help.
Doctors said that OTC was not advised. Dr. Usha said that sunscreen was prescribed by dermatologists for a specific condition. But using them can prevent the absorption of vitamin D by the body, she warned.
Dr. Chokalingam said that women should continue exercising after childbirth, whether it is normal or a caesarean section. He said that injections given during delivery cannot be blamed for back pain.
The body needed only 1 gram to 1.2 grams of calcium. Exposure to sunlight helped the body to consume calcium through food sources.