Senzens, how are your bones?
DEAR readers, our column is focused on Senzens- a term of endearment coined by your columnist- who is extending a warm Congratulations to the Outstanding Senior Citizens Community Service Awardees, especially to Maam Nellie Kabluyen of FBASECA, who through the years, typhoons, storms and glorious sunshine, has extended a devoted conscientious care and concern for the welfare of our elderlies.
Thus, the discussion is centered on one of the most common ailments of our young-once, osteoporosis. And probably, it is high time to correct a widely-held misconception about this bone disorder. Osteoporosis is NOT just a woman’s disease. Recent statistics show that more than 205 or more than two million people with osteoporosis are men. A man older than 50 is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer..
One out of every two women over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. Menopause which is the cessation or stoppage of ovulation- usually between 48-52 years for most women- brings above significant changes in the health status of women, ; with 90 percent of estrogen secretion gone, osteoporosis is the most immediate clinical concern. Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone- produced by the ovaries- is a major participant in maintaining the strong solidity and strength of women’s bone, thus when the process of osteoporosis sets in. the holes within the bones become bigger, making the bones porous, fragile and more likely to break.
Osteoporosis related fractures can result in significant pain, loss of height ( Dowager’s hump) and may affect the woman’s ADL- activity of daily living- like ability to dree themselves, stand up and even walk. A woman’s chance of suffering from an osteoporosis-related fracture- wrist, spine or vertebral column and