According to KTLA osteoporosis is a disease that often goes undetected in women — until they break a bone. Now a federal task force recommends osteoporosis screening not just for women 65 and older, as has long been the case, but also for young women who show the same risk factors as a 65-year-old white woman.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force report published in the January issue of Annals of Internal Medicine says white women are used as the benchmark because they appear to be at higher risk for the disease than any other ethnic group. And it explains why early detection matters:
“One half of all postmenopausal women will have an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetime; 25% of these women will develop a vertebral deformity, and 15% will experience a hip fracture. Osteoporotic fractures, particularly hip fractures, are associated with chronic pain and disability, loss of independence, decreased quality of life, and increased mortality.”
Osteoporosis can be very debilitating for women as they approach middle age. Dr. O’Toole tool expresses to his patients with excessively large breasts that they should consider a breast reduction. The neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain that can be associated with excessively large breasts can be any greater problem for women at risk for osteoporosis. Breast reduction surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis and patients typically recover in 7 to 10 working days. The results are not only life-changing but for many patients they are now experiencing little to no pain. Most patients are thrilled with a better shape and a more proportionate breast size.
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