For many women, menopause is about more than just hot flashes and disappearing periods. Though it means the end of a woman’s reproductive years, menopause can also change the body in ways that might seem less obviously related to hormones.
One of these sometimes unexpected—but still related—issues is osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and increasing your risk of fractures. Osteoporosis can progress quietly without any symptoms or pain until sudden breaks occur, usually in the back and hips.
Early Signs of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis means “porous bones”. Your bone density has weakened, making them brittle and likely to fracture from a slip or fall or even a simple movement. Osteoporosis is diagnosed when the bone mineral density (BMD) reaches a particularly low level, as measured by a bone density scan.
Osteoporosis can begin as minor bone loss, a condition known as osteopenia. The diagnosis of osteopenia is made when your BMD is low compared to the average level, but not so low that it has become osteoporosis. Osteopenia should be a flashing sign to get you to take steps to prevent the progression to osteoporosis, especially if osteopenia is discovered before menopause, when changes in your body threaten further and faster bone loss.
How Menopause Influences Osteoporosis
Women reach peak bone mass around the age of 25 to 30 years. The skeleton has stopped growing and bones are at their strongest and thickest.
Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining bone strength. Estrogen levels drop around the time of menopause, which occurs on average at the age of 50 years, resulting in increased bone loss. If your peak bone mass before menopause is less than ideal, any bone loss that occurs around menopause may result in osteoporosis.
Prevention and Treatment
It is never too late to be treated for osteoporosis, and in fact, older women are more likely to respond better to treatment if given early.
A customized exercise regimen that supports proper maintenance of the skeleton, including resistance, and weight-bearing exercises
A balanced diet that includes calcium-Vitamin D and Calcium-rich foods, dairy products fortified with vitamin D
Sunshine is important to keep vitamin D levels adequate
Preventing obesity will help keep bones strong
Limit alcohol consumption
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