Interview with Dr. Taher Mahmud, MD MSc FRCP Consultant Rheumatologist, Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals, NHS Trust, London, UK
Q - Dr. Mahmud, tell me how you decided to become a Rheumatologist? Why did you select that specialty?
A - I was always interested in research and immunology and was fortunate to do a research project while a clinical medical student; the findings were presented in scientific meetings and published in Rheumatology journals (characterization of auto-antibodies in scleroderma). I actually ended up doing clinical rheumatology as a stop gap, while waiting for funding for a research project in gastroenterology. By chance, I attended the American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Antonio and came across a lot of exciting treatments for inflammatory disease, that allowed patients to have a normal quality of life. I was then awarded a research grant to study the effects of NSAIDS (aspirin / diclofenac-like drugs) on the gut, and mechanisms of toxicity in experimental lab models and in different ethnic groups.
Q - How long have you been practicing?
A - I have been practicing in Rheumatology, since 1993.
Q - What is your life's passion?
A - That's a great question Marilyn. I am passionate about my family, servicing others, contributing to efforts to improve human health, and most importantly eradication of osteoporosis.
Q - What is the #1 thing you want the world to know about Osteoporosis?
A - There are so many things I want you all to know, but the #1 being that your bones are amazing things; always changing during a person's lifetime! Did you know that? Also, that it is possible to prevent developing osteoporosis, and if treated early, it can be reversed and fractures can be prevented. Follow this link for 15 things you might not know about bone loss.
Q - What societal beliefs do you think are contributing to the growth in the occurrence of osteoporosis globally?
A - We have a global crisis. I think we are all busy and take our health for granted, but it is the most important wealth we have and we should value it more. In addition, there is a widespread belief that osteoporosis/arthritis happens to older people or someone else, and then when symptoms occur, they don’t think anything can be done!
Q - Dr. Mahmud, what are the top three ways to prevent osteoporosis?
A - Thank you for asking. I recommend these links for great information on preventing osteoporosis:
Q - I'm curious; if you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis, what is the best way to stop it in its tracks?
A - I'm glad you asked that Marilyn. Early intervention is key. Please check out this link and the video on the website, for more ways to stop the advancement of osteoporosis.
Q - I understand that you support 9million2many.org. Could you briefly share with our readers what support you have for them through this great organization?
A - Thank you for bringing this to your readers’ attention. Please encourage them to investigate this great campaign, which discusses the scale and impact of osteoporosis:
Finally, if anyone has questions, regarding the clinical assessment and what happens after the test, please refer to this link: http://www.9million2many.org/about-the-test/
Thank you, Dr. Mahmud, for speaking with us on this important subject, and for sharing your passion for eradicating osteoporosis.