Smoking may cause bone degeneration in youngsters

Youngsters who smoke may be at chance of creating low navicular bone strength and solidity a condition that may lead to an increased chance of creating weak bone fragments, experts say.
“Smoking has a negative effect on the bone fragments, causing loss of navicular bone huge and, eventually, premature weak bone fragments when adolescents take up smoking cigarettes,” Raju Vaishya, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Smoking as a habit typically begins in high school or the college decades, when bone fragments are still creating. It also interferes with calcium and vitamin D absorption in the body.
Besides, in case of a navicular bone injury, a person who smokes is more likely to have a longer period of recovery and higher chance of complication, doctors noted.
“Smoking during the a lot of bone-building puts you at chance of weak bone fragments in later stage. Smoking after 30 will speed up loss of navicular bone huge almost twice as faster,” Vaishya added.
Smoking kills over one million people in the Indian annually, according to The Global Adult Cigarettes Survey (GATS) Indian report. The economic burden of tobacco consumption is around Rs 104,500 crore per annum.
In a study, recently published in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, smoking cigarettes was found to be an independent risks for low navicular bone strength and solidity among both men and women.
Each additional pack-year of smoking cigarettes raised the odds of having low navicular bone strength and solidity by 0.4 per cent. The participants with normal navicular bone strength and solidity had around 36.6 pack-year of smoking cigarettes, while those with low navicular bone strength and solidity had around 46.9 pack-years of smoking cigarettes history.

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