A weekly look at menopause and related issues in the news …

Newsweek columnists Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert on what you need to know about bone heath to help ward off osteoporosis. And here’s a fact you may not have known: More women die of complications from osteoporosis than breast cancer.

Nancy J. Nelson writes in the Washington Post about the reluctance of her and her friends to take Fosamax to reduce their chance of bone fractures because of the potential risks. Nelson also notes that more precise methods to determine one’s risk of sustaining a fracture are on the horizon:

Later this year, World Health Organization scientists plan to finish sifting data from several international osteoporosis trials and publish a new fracture-risk tool. The tool will combine bone density with about 10 other risk factors to gauge an individual’s risk. Several national organizations, including the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), hope to revise their osteoporosis treatment guidelines accordingly to reflect a truer picture of fracture risk. The new guidelines will recommend treatment if your risk of breaking a bone in the next 10 years is above a certain level, perhaps 25 percent.

On the subject of sex and menopause, Joyce Brothers advises what many women know: Menopause can be a time to celebrate more sex, not less. "According to doctors, the more sex women have during this menopausal transitional period, the fewer sexual problems they’re apt to have later."

2.7 million Canadian women (one in six) will reach menopause over the next decade. A new national survey on attitudes of Canadian women and general practitioners toward menopause reveals that "challenges in patient-physician dialogue, knowledge gaps and dissatisfaction with treatment options may be preventing this extraordinary demographic wave from truly understanding and managing this important stage of life." The survey, the largest of its kind, was conducted by Leger Marketing and sponsored by Wyeth Canada in partnership with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.

Belated "Happy Birthday" to author Beverly Mahone, who was featured in the recent New York Times article on menopause along with Women’s Voices for Change. Mahone just kicked off a summer book tour for "Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age."


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  • Beverly Mahone June 26, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Hi there!
    Thanks so much for the belated birthday wishes. I am now an official member of the fabulous fifties club and I’m lovin’ it!!!
    I hope I get a chance to meet some of you during my “I’m still Hot…it just comes in Flashes now!” summer book tour. I’m having a blast talking to women about embracing the menopause journey with style, grace and LAUGHTER!!!
    I’ll be in the Washington, DC/Maryland area next.
    Oh, one more thing: I totally agree with Dr. Joyce Brothers’ assessment 🙂
    Peace & Blessings,
    Beverly Mahone