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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-17

Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Bihar: A Sample Study

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2 Assistant professor
3 Senior Resident
4 Santosh Kumar

Date of Web Publication12-Feb-2016

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Ritesh Runu
Associate professor, Department of Orthopaedics,IGIMS, Patna-14

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Osteoporosis is a silent disease increasing the fracture risk and load on public hospitals. Proper diet and preventive medication can reduce the chances of osteoporosis. Presently we have population data regarding osteoporosis from northern and southern part of India but no such data is available from eastern region. The aim of present study was to collect such data for assessment of osteoporosis in our population. 363 (246 males, 117 females) patients with age more than 20years (average age 43.01years) were selected for the study. The patients with BMD data measured using distal radius quantitative ultrasound and expressed as T score were collected. It was analyzed by logistic regression analysis. Average BMD was minus 1.2 (normal). 201 (55.37%) patients had normal BMD, 140(38.56%) were osteopenic and 22(6.06%) were osteoporotic. In less than 50 years of age most of the females were osteopenic while most of the males were having normal BMD. The prevalence of osteoporosis was 4 times higher in females of age more than 50 years. In males the prevalence of osteopenia and osteoporosis was same in all age groups. There was significant difference in incidence between males and females (p 0.002) while insignificant (0.772) in two age groups.

Keywords: Osteoporosis, osteopenia, BMD, IGIMS

How to cite this article:
Runu R, Jain M, Singh NN, Kumar S. Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Bihar: A Sample Study. J Indira Gandhi Inst Med Sci 2016;2:15-7

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Runu R, Jain M, Singh NN, Kumar S. Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Bihar: A Sample Study. J Indira Gandhi Inst Med Sci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Oct 2];2:15-7. Available from: http://www.jigims.co.in/text.asp?2016/2/1/15/303361

  Introduction: Top

Osteoporosis in Indian population has been studied at many centres.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6]. The effect of osteoporosis is directly related to increased incidence of bone pain, fatigue, fractures, morbidity and mortality.[2] Therefore it is also known as silent killer.[2] Several studies of prevalence of osteoporosis has been done in different parts of India but we don’t have similar studies in Bihar. Our aim of present study was to collect a sample data from the patients reporting to orthopedic OPD in our institute to find the prevalence of osteoporosis in our population.

  Material and methods: Top

This was a retrospective study done from May 2015 to December 2015. All the patients reporting to orthopaedic OPD were enrolled in this study. Patients less than 20 years, having multiple medical problems, on long term steroid therapy, patients with rheumatoid arthritis, or having hypo or hyperthyroidism were excluded from the present study. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measured using distal radius quantitative ultrasound and expressed as T score were collected. The patients were classified as normal having T score more than -1.5, osteopenia having T score equal or less than -1.5 and more than - 2.5 and osteoporosis have T score equal or less than - 2.5. The study population was divided in two groups. Group I had patients age less than 50 years and group II had patients age more than 50 years.

  Results: Top

A total of 363(246 males, 117 females) patients were enrolled in the present study. The average ages of the patients were 43.01(20-74) years. Average BMD was minus 1.2 (normal). Overall females had high prevalence of osteopenia and osteoporosis compared to males. The prevalence of osteoporosis was double in females.

In group I most of the males had normal BMD while females were mostly osteopenic. These females when enter the postmenopausal age group with osteopenia had high chances of osteoporosis.
Table 1: BMD profile in study sample

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Table 2: BMD in age less than 50 years (group I)

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Table 3: BMD in age more than 50 years (group II)

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In group II, most of the males had normal BMD. The prevalence of osteoporosis in females was 19% which is 4.33 times higher compared to group I. Overall the prevalence of osteoporotic patients doubled in group II i.e. 9.9% from 4.36%.

The binary logistic regression analysis showed that prevalence of poor BMD is 2.02 times higher in females compared to males. It also showed that chance of osteopenia and osteoporosis is 1.07 times higher in population more than 50 years of age. The test of significance done using chi square test showed that sex difference is significant (p 0.002) while age difference is insignificant (0.772).

  Discussion Top

Several studies have been done on the BMD of various populations around the globe.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7]. Some studies have been done in India as well.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[8],[9],[10]. We lack data of BMD in eastern India and Bihar. Our institute being nodal institute of the state catering the population from all the regions, hence this study was conducted.

Osteoporosis and osteopenia has been designated as silent killer.[3] It affects all age groups and sexes. It is of two types - primary and secondary osteoporosis. Postmenopausal and senile osteoporosis is primary osteoporosis while disease related osteoporosis is secondary. The major effect of osteoporosis is high incidence of fracture in old age which increases the morbidity and mortality.[3] According to National Health and Nutrition and Nutrition Examination survey (NHANES III) around 14 million American women over age 50 yrs are affected by low density at the hip. The prevalence of osteoporosis is up to 70% of women over the age of 80 years.[10]

BMD is an important tool for diagnosis of osteoporosis. The gold standard for measuring BMD is Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry. This requires large machine and high cost of investigation; hence screening is difficult. Quantitative ultrasound machine is best alternative to DEXA as it is small, handy, and can give fair results regarding the status of bone mass.[11] It can be used for assessment of BMD of population in all areas.

In our study, female population had lower BMD compared to males. Majority of males had normal BMD (61%) while females (47%) were osteopenic. Similar results have been found in other studies.[2],[4],[11],[12].

High prevalence of osteopenia in females in group I was noticed and similar results were found in study by Rao et al.[2] The prevalence of osteoporosis was 2.02 times higher in females than males.

In age group more than 50 years, 35% males and 38% females had osteopenia. Osteoporosis is 5% and 19% in males and females respectively. This finding shows that females had higher rate of bone loss. This also shows relative difference of osteoporosis in males and females.
Table 4: The Indian studies done and results.

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  Conclusion: Top

Osteoporosis is more common in females especially in age more than 50 years. The females in age less than 50 years are mostly osteopenic and they should be target population for osteoporosis prevention activities.

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