Women Face Major Threat to Their Future Independence in the Form of Osteoporosis

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2014
According to new research published by the International Osteoporosis foundation, women can expect to live lengthier lives but that quality of life can be serious impaired if nothing is done to protect their bone health. Postmenopausal women are the group that faces the highest risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Globally, an estimated 200 million women are impacted by osteoporosis and close to one in three women over the age of 50 will experience a fracture due to the disease.

President of the International Osteoporosis foundation, Professor John A. Kanis, strongly urges, “The time for action is now. Those of us working in the non-communicable disease community have congratulated governments for their commitment to lower the disease burden by 25 percent by 2025. As the primary advocates for bone, muscle, and joint health we have found cost-effective evidence-based solutions that can be introduced immediately. These will not only save lives but lower health care costs, and ultimately help governments achieve this goal.”

The report, titled ‘Bone care for the postmenopausal woman’ offers solutions for fracture prevention and management. Considering that women over the age of 50 play a significant role as caregivers and breadwinners within the context of family and society, their bone health is a priority to safeguard future generations. For example, in the US, 43 percent of caregivers are women over the age of 50. In Spain that number rises to 70 percent of women over the age of 65 who care for grandchildren - many of which do so on a daily basis. Globally, women over 50 often take on the burden of care for elderly parents and disabled or sick family members.

According to co-author, Professor Bess Dawson Hughes, “Although the sooner prevention begins the better, when a woman approaches menopause she must not delay any longer. Menopause is the most crucial time to take preventive action against bone loss and muscle weakness that can contribute to osteoporosis, falls and fractures.”

Bone is a living tissue which regenerates itself continuously throughout life due to a fine balance of bone resorption (breakdown) and formation. However at menopause, the rate of bone resorption exceeds bone formation which leads to a rapid decline in bone mass. A rapid amount of bone loss can escalate and become osteoporis, a disease which causes bones to be porous, weak, and highly prone to fractures.

Fractures can exact a savage toll on a person’s quality of life, and in women over the age of 45, they can account for more days spent in the hospital than any other disease, including diabetes, heart disease, and breast cancer.

 

Written by Russ Allen

Source: http://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-major-threat-women-and-their-future-independence-new-report-warns

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