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    Younger generation is under the threat of developing weaker bone, WHO experts says

    Younger generation is under the threat of developing weaker bone, WHO experts says

    Blame it on lack of exercise and sun exposure or inactive lifestyle, muscular and joint pain in the areas like neck, upper and lower back is a common problem experienced by the young Indian workforce. According to World Health Organaization (WHO), one in two women and one in three men over the age of 50 have low bone mass, which can cause fractures in later life.

    But, today a significant proportion of the younger generation is under the threat of developing weaker bone. Explaining this serious concern, Dr Parmjit Singh Chahal consultant orthopedic & joint replacement surgeon said,

    "Our sedentary lifestyle plays a major role in the deteriorating bone health among youngsters. The job profile of people has witnessed drastic changes during the past few decades. Our new generation workforce is more inclined to stay indoors in front of the computers and they hardly get any sun exposure.

    Weakening of bones in young people can be caused by lack of Vitamin D, which they receive when they are exposed to sunshine." Vitamin D, which helps in calcium absorption, plays an important role in strengthening the bone. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and is essential for maintaining the necessary level of bone mass to support the structures of the body.

    Also factors like working long hours without break and lack of regular exercise further contribute to the grave scenario. "Most of the people have habit of sitting in same the posture for long hours at office. It reduces activity in the leg muscles and rate of calorie burning.

    Also, at home they slouch on the couch in front of the television set and hardly do any active work," added Dr Chahal. The persistent pain and lack of interest in seeking help can lead to severe health problems. As the condition is more work related, the role of industry is very important in this regard. They need to take up measures like ergonomically designed chairs, to ensure health and well- being of their employees. "The number of such cases is increasing phenomenally. We encourage our patients to take up regular exercise to reduce health issues. It is also recommended that regular health check is done to rule out Vitamin D deficiency which can be supplemented in case of deficiency," said Dr Chahal.

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