Menopause and the Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Women

Menopause is a natural and inevitable transition that may occur at a certain point as a woman approaches old age, health experts say.  Every woman may be destined to experience the tail end of menstruation and the finality of reproduction, but how extreme the symptoms of menopause may take place may vary considerably.  A woman may be spared of the often, agitating signs of menopause, but nearly all women may be brought one step closer to a cluster of health problems as she treads the path of ageing.  With menopause as a major risk factor, osteoporosis has been a growing health concern, especially in women.  While the use of bisphosphonates as early prevention has been believed to be effective against the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, a New York Times blog suggests Fosamax over-prescribed as an osteoporosis treatment as current reports of younger women are receiving treatment against the disease a little too early.

 

Osteoporosis is a debilitating bone disease that has reportedly become one of the primary health concerns of the elderly population in the United States, health experts say.  About 10 million people throughout the country have reportedly received diagnosis of osteoporosis; with nearly 50 percent of all women from the age of 45 to 70 are suffering from the disease.  Although the disease may occur at any age, and irrespective of gender, the risk of osteoporosis is substantially increased especially in women.  In fact, government statistics shows how it has been prevalent five times more in women than in men.  Many health experts attribute rapid bone loss to the declining female hormones, known as estrogen, which many middle-aged and older women undergo during and after menopause.

 

There are a range of prescription medications formulated to aid ageing men and postmenopausal women alike in their ordeal against the risk of crippling fractures from osteoporosis, medical experts say.  Bisphosphonate medications have reportedly become the frontrunners in osteoporosis prevention and treatment because of their bone-sparing properties.  But as side effects may accompany every medication, certain bisphosphonates such as Fosamax also come with unanticipated adverse effects that may have instigated a series of compensatory claims from a number of long-term Fosamax users.  The Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit Information Center bears current and comprehensive information pertaining to these inadvertent effects.



URL References:

betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Menopause_and_osteoporosis
webmd.com/menopause/guide/osteoporosis-menopause
nof.org/aboutosteoporosis/managingandtreating/bisphosphonate


 


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