Menopause Weakens Bones

More Canadian women need to think about their bones–not just their hot flashes.

Evidence and experience demonstrates that when it comes to women’s midlife health, it is never too early to be talking about bone health.

Baby boomer women are entering the menopause transition in increasing numbers, and the hormonal changes that women experience at this time could have a huge impact on bone strength. Sadly, most women in their 40s and early 50s don’t know about this until they suffer a fracture and then it may be too late for a full recovery.

Dr. Aliya Khan, a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Geriatrics at McMaster University, states that “The risk of developing osteoporosis and experiencing the devastating impact it can have on independence, mobility and lifestyle is much greater than most women realize. Statistics show that one in four Canadian women 50+ will develop osteoporosis, and for many it will be a life-changing event.”

This week, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada marks World Menopause Day, October 18, by launching a series of Osteoporosis Public Forums across Canada.

For more information on the public forums, including location and time, please visit www.sogc.org and www.menopauseandu.ca.