Alice discusses why some women deny the idea that they have osteoporosis.
I think a lot of times women go into denial when they learn they have osteoporosis after they have learned the initial information about it because like I said earlier, vanity. You don’t want to think you have it at this age. You don’t want to be labeled handicapped.
I have a handicapped placard for my car. I walk with a cane. Some days I go on strike and I don’t walk with the cane because that day I just don’t want to look like I am handicapped. And I think a lot of women, they realize they have a problem but they want to deal with it secretly and not let other people know they have it. They want to appear fine and healthy even though they are breaking up inside.
I also find that men, I have only had one man in three years, come to a meeting. Men still think of it as a women’s disease yet osteoporosis does not discriminate, it affects men and women. Men get it at a lot later age because of their bone structure. It’s more dense.
So, but by the age of 65 men and women are getting osteoporosis at the same rate and men who suffer from the osteoporosis-related hip fracture, 79 percent of those who have that hip fracture go to assisted living and after one year they remain in assisted living. One out of four men will have an osteoporosis-related hip fracture but they don’t think it can hit them and then when it does, it’s a big wake up call.
And there’s also a higher fatality rate for men with hip-related fractures than women. Women seem to be a little bit more stronger, a little bit more tougher, maybe that’s why the women have children. They just seem overall medically a little more empowered and men just kind of crumple.
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