Sen­zens, how are your bones?

Sun.Star Baguio - - Opinion -

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

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