B.K Iyer, MD.
- Osteoporosis or Sarcoporosis – call of duty?
• Dr.Iyer B.K - physician in clinical practice since last 34 years but very actively involved in
• Has utilized the diverse exposure across the multiple disciplines of family medicine to
providing insights and plugging the need gaps in clinical practice.
• Repertoire of research extends across the pharmaceutical / nutraceutical space & includes the diverse fields of
biotechnology & medical diagnostics.
• Well versed with the various therapeutic categories and diverse, disease segments as ‘Medical Advisor’ to many
pharmaceutical companies in India & abroad since last 33 years.
• Decade long involvement in the discovery charged atmosphere of nanotechnology-based innovations for modern
• Aids to validate new product selection, facilitate coordination with the regulatory authorities and contribute with strategic, scientific inputs that fill the need-gap of the medical fraternity with unique EBM solutions & strategies.
•nRegular speaker at various international conferences and CMEs in India and abroad, he has a string of publications to his credit, spanning assorted specialties.
• Goal - Sharing knowledge and enabling clinicians to practice better medicine.
• Dream – do social innovation to impact society with high impact engineering solutions and unique natural offerings to healthcare problems.
Osteoporosis or Sarcoporosis – call of duty?
Denutrition is a public health concern, often overlooked in patients by clinicians. As average life span rises
dramatically across the world, addressing the health issues facing this segment gathers priority. Predicting and pre-empting these changes with EBM [evidence based medicine] and influencing age related diseases states pre-emptively is the need of the day.
With age, people become less active - their metabolism slows, their energy requirement decreases and their abilities to absorb and utilize nutrients become less efficient. Since loss of lean muscle mass increases the likelihood of falling; maintaining muscle mass in older adults is one of the most important preventative health steps that can be taken. Fat free mass (FFM) decrease with age, and is attributable to a reduction in skeletal muscle and bone mineral density. With protective Fat free mass [FFM] being reduced, the exposed osteoporotic bone undergoes greater mechanical stress, in case of fall. But, with over emphasis on osteoporosis as the predisposing factor to falls and fractures; the problem of sarcopenia and decreased muscle strength takes a back seat.
Hence, it is time for clinicians to perceive osteoporosis not as a solo condition but as a composite evolution called sarcoporosis =
sarcopenia + osteoporosis and shift focus to strengthening the muscle-bone unit as a compounded approach! With an easy solution that is based on EBM, an open mind to exploit this potential is foe most than merely pay heed to osteoporosis.