- 25 Dec 2002
have sandwhich maker style hunched backs!?!?!?
BMC Atsugi, Japan (NSMN) -- Since my wife and I have been in Japan, we have noticed something about the elderly women here that is not seen as often in the United States anymore: a bent over posture. This is what some would call a "dowager's hump" and is due to osteoporosis, the loss of calcium from bones that sets in after menopause. I have not spoken with any Japanese doctors about why this is so prevalent here in Japan, but it does bring up the topic of women after menopause. It also brings up the question of what, if anything, can be done for them?