Islamabad - Most of the women who went through a basic health check during an activity were found having deficiency of vitamin D and calcium, which may enhance fracture risks.

A large number of women were found having Osteopenia - lower bone density than normal – because of deficiency of vitamin D and calcium. Nestlé Pakistan organised a three-day mall activity named “Choose Wellness Choose Nestlé” at Centaurus Mall, Islamabad wherein visitors went through a basic health check which included an assessment of body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and bone density.

The people of all ages went through the test but women and girls were found having severe deficiencies of calcium and vitamin D that lead to Osteopenia, said Ambreen Humayun, Nutritionist. Osteopenia is less severe than osteoporosis but women with osteopenia may have the same risk for a broken bone as women with osteopenia depending on poor health.

Ms Humayun said that the state of health, especially women health is poor. “Over 75 percent people suffer for being underweight, overweight or obese. And, very few are physically fit and healthy,” she said. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential to building strong, dense bones, she added.

Once visitors went through the assessments, nutritionists advised them on healthy eating habits, discussed a diet plan and recommended what changes they needed to make to their lifestyles.