LAHORE -  Like other parts of the country, World Osteoporosis Day was observed in provincial capital yesterday. Various awareness seminars, walks, sittings, and other events were held to mark the day.

The theme of this year’s World Osteoporosis Day is “Love Your Bones” for creating awareness among the people to protect the health of bones.

Shalamar Hospital held an awareness lecture where patients were facilitated with osteoporosis consultation, diagnostic tests and medicines, said spokesman for the hospital. Business Development Department & Orthopedic Department organised the event.

He said that Dr Muhammad Salem, Associate Professor Orthopedics and Dr Imran Manzoor Assistant Professor Orthopedics delivered awareness lectures on osteoporosis disease that were concluded with an informative question & Answer session.

In lectures, speakers provided information about osteoporosis disease that is very common in old aged people. It was addressed that the disease can be congenital too. Human bones become weak due to lack of calcium and vitamin D. Daily exercise can be helpful to get rid of such kind of disease.

Meanwhile, Lahore General Hospital held an awareness walk in the hospital to mark the day.

Speaking on the occasion, Principal Post Graduate Medical Institute / Ameeruddin Medical College Prof Gayas-Un-Nabi Tayyab said that balanced diet, daily exercise and simple lifestyle is essential to avoid bones disease osteoporosis.

He said that aged people and pregnant women are most effected segment from this disease. Deficiency of calcium in human body, weaken the bones, which easily fracture due to any minor reason.

Observing the World Osteoporosis Day recalls the importance to take care of bones health. For this purpose, creating awareness among the masses is more essential.

Prof Irfan Mehboob, Dr Tanvir Zubairi, MS Dr Junaid Mirza, and a large number of doctors and nurses and other people participated in the walk.

Prof of Orthopedic Dr Irfan Mehboob said that pregnant women faced health issues due to mal-nutrition, and deficiency of calcium further add difficulties in their health and their bones become more vulnerable and minor incident fracture the bones.

He said that suitable gap in the child birth can prevent women health and secure them from osteoporosis diseases. He said that due to the poverty and illiteracy, people could not choose their accurate diet resulting in various diseases including osteoporosis.

The medical experts said that hip-joint, backbone, heal, ribs and ankle joint bones are mostly effected due to this disease. They said that changes in routine lifestyle, exercise, use of milk and cheese in daily diet can strengthen the bones, specially of pregnant and lactating women.

The experts said that deficiency of calcium could also be met by using calcium tablets and other products however the quantity of calcium should not be exceed from 2000mg per day.