Osteoporosis and Menopause: Understanding the Connection
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
Menopause is more than just stopping the menstrual cycle and hot flashes. In fact, menopause is a dramatic change that happens to the body and can impact a woman’s overall health and wellness. During the state of menopause, women may be at an increased risk for certain conditions such as osteoporosis.
At Premier OB/GYN, we describe osteoporosis as a disease that results in weak and brittle bones. These bones may be much more susceptible to fractures. Without proper monitoring, osteoporosis can increase without any symptoms until a break occurs—and the body is unable to heal as fast as one without osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is closely linked with menopause in many different ways. This condition can develop quickly during and after menopause. Patients with certain risk factors who are more likely to develop osteoporosis are those who have not had periods for a while, have a low body weight, and are inactive. Addiotnally, patients who have a family history of osteoporosis will want to monitor their bone health as well.
The development of osteoporosis is greatly linked with menopause because of the extreme change in hormones, especially estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that helps protect your bones. When menopause hits and estrogen levels drop, it can lead to bone loss. During this time, women may also not be getting enough minerals to maintain healthy bone. This includes a reduction in calcium and vitamin D.
Reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis
With menopause, many women make many changes in their daily routines and in the way they care for their bodies to reduce symptoms and problems that can occur. This should include reducing the risk of long-term damage from osteoporosis by:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating right
- Limiting alcohol consumption and smoking
- Taking nutritional supplements to obtain the right vitamins and minerals
- Speaking to a doctor about balancing hormones
- Speaking to a doctor about medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis
Request a visit with the team at Premier OB/GYN
If you live in Bradenton, FL and are interested in discussing the natural process of menopause and its link to osteoporosis, contact our practice to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. Our practice is located at 5323 4th Avenue and can be reached at (941) 745-5115.
Posted in: Menopause Management