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Exercise holdS the key: Compared to men, women in the State continue to form a major chunk of arthritis patients .
Exercise holdS the key: Compared to men, women in the State continue to form a major chunk of arthritis patients .

Staff Reporter

Doctors believe that such activities are leading to injuries, knee joint pains and arthritis

HYDERABAD:The general logic, that household chores provide a good outlet for women to burn calories, may not hold good anymore as doctors believe that such activities are leading to injuries, knee joint pains and arthritis.

Compared to men, women in the State continue to form a major chunk of arthritis patients and experts maintain that lifestyle has a major role to play for such a large number of cases.

There are several reasons for women to become highly prone to arthritis.

In the State alone, roughly 70 per cent of arthritis patients are women and this is attributed to a variety of factors including lack of good diet, improper exercise habits, calcium deficiency and post-menopausal reasons.

Age factor

“About 90 per cent of women below the age of 50 years are affected by rheumatoid arthritis or inflammation of the joints while those above the age of 50 years are affected by breakdown of joints or osteoarthritis,” says Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Hospitals, Dr. A.V. Guruva Reddy.

In our State every year, according to several estimates, roughly 3,000 patients undergo knee replacement surgeries and needless to say that women form a large chunk of them.

According to estimates, the number of persons needing knee replacement surgeries is increasing by 30 per cent every year in the State.

WHO report

“According to a WHO report, one out of three women has Osteoporosis.

The logic that household chores will double up as a daily exercise is a fallacy. Such chores end up creating knee joint pains and even arthritis.

Women should plan and exercise properly with professional help,” says joint replacement surgeon from Yashoda Hospitals, Dr. Akhil Dadi.

Get rid of excess weight

Physicians point out that women, especially those approaching post-menopause phase in their lives should exercise to get rid of excess weight.

“Many housewives put on a lot of weight and that impacts knees and bones,” doctors point out.


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