New Delhi, May 26: According to Arthritis Foundation of India (AFI), Osteoarthritis is reported more severe in females as compare to males.
Even 26.5 per cent younger people in their 30s are suffering from Osteoarthritis.
“In all, 55 per cent of the patients (with osteoarthritis) were females, as compared to 45 per cent males,” said the AFI study conducted among 600 OPD patients in Doctor Hedgewar Aarogya Sansthan, Vir Savarkar Hospital, Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital and R.K. Hospital here.
The AFI, Indian member of International Osteoporosis Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO), conducted a study on osteoarthritis in Delhi and found main factors are obesity and lack of awareness.
It also contributes to various risks like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid and others.
“Obesity was a major contributing factor, with 53 per cent of the respondents found to be obese,” the study said.
In a study, it was found that 70 per cent of the total participants (in the study) belonged to less than Rs 25,000 per month income group.
“The marginally high severe cases can be attributed to the lifestyle in lower socio-economic group like elevator-less multi-storied housing, Indian toilets and more of them sitting frequently on the floor, etc.”
“This study throws light on the prevalence of osteoarthritis in Delhi, and the general public’s response to the disease. Unfortunately, there is very little awareness among the masses, which is not a good sign and is preventing people from getting the right treatment at the right time,” said Dr. Sushil Sharma, Senior Orthopedician and AFI Chairman.
The study noted that progression of the disease could have been prevented and the suffering minimised to quite an extent.