According to a survey by the IOF (International Foundation of Osteoporosis, in free translation), the osteoporosis affects one in three women over 50 years all over the world, out of the many that are unaware of the existence of the disease. The problem is characterized by loss of bone mass and skeletal deterioration, which leaves the bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures.
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As it is a disease that remains silent and does not cause pain, is usually only identified after the first break, even though you can diagnose it early through the examination of bone densitometry. However, according to the survey, only 39% of women aged 45 years or more already underwent the examination. Of this number, 37% did so only once.
To Dr. Marcelo Pinheiro, director of the Abrasso (Brazilian Association for the Evaluation of Bone and Osteometabolismo), the low number of accession to the exam is a reflection of the lack of concern about the disease and guidance on the part of doctors. “You have to do this exam on the same frequency that the preventive gynecological. The lack of a campaign encouraging the early diagnosis of the disease and, mainly, a greater concern coming from doctors themselves”.
The ideal is that bone densitometry be performed annually from the age of 40, especially women who begin to enter menopause — the period in which the production of the hormone estrogen, responsible for the growth of all the bones, ends up decreasing. Although the disease is more common among older people, osteoporosis can affect people of all ages and also males.
on Thursday (18/10/2012), the Clinical Diagnosis, the White House, located in the south zone of the city of São Paulo, will perform a free examination of bone densitometry for women over the age of 65 who have never done this examination. To be answered, the woman should do the scheduling by phone below.
Address: A. Commander Taylor, 507 – Ipiranga (next to the metro Sacomã)
the Information: (11) 2065-2101