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Times of India
18 October 2010
By Sanat Savanal

Healthy lifestyle and regular exercises can keep you miles away from diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis
TODAY’S hectic lifestyle and a lack of fitness are leading to the development of major diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis. There are many reasons to the development of osteoporosis, arthritis – smoking, alcoholism, genetic predisposition, low body mass index, indoor activity and lack of exercise. Osteoporosis is genetic and doesn’t showcase any symptoms.

If these diseases are detected and treated early, one reduces complications in old age. And Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH), Chinchwad, is reaching out to those in need. The hospital is organising a three day Arthritis and Osteoporosis camp from October 18 to 20 on the World Osteoporosis day i.e. on October 20. The camp will comprise checkups, X–rays and bone tests. The camp is being offered at concessional rates to all.

Dr Manish Dastane, joint replacement surgeon, says, "People above the age of 40 should get a check–up done at least once a year. Family history is also extremely important." Dr Ashim Wokhlu, consultant, orthopedic department suggests, "One must exercise for 30 minutes at least five days a week with outdoor activities. An intake of calcium regularly and Vitamin D is also advised."

The orthopedic and rheumatology departments at ABMH comprise a highly professional team with Dr Manish Dastane, Dr Ashim Wokhlu, Dr Sambhaji Shinde, Senior Consultant Orthopedic department, Dr Kiran Kharat, joint replacement surgeon, Dr Mahesh Kulkarni, joint replacement surgeon and Dr Aniruddha Tembe, consultant rheumatology and immunology. The department has stateof–the–art equipment, anesthesia and rehabilitation techniques.
So, take the first step towards a long and healthy life.

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