Osteoporosis and Menopause

Osteoporosis means ‘porous bones’

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become weak and lose their density. which make them more susceptible to fractures. These fractures most commonly occur in the spine, wrist and hips, but can affect other bones such as the spine, arm or pelvis.

From about the age of 35, you gradually start to lose bone density, This is a normal part of ageing, but osteoporosis primarily affects women in their middle to later years. Factors that can contribute to bone loss include having a diet low in Calcium & Vitamin D, Smoking, taking certain Medications including Corticosteroids and not Exercising.

As women, when we go through the transition into Menopause we become oestrogen deficient. (lower levels of oestrogen).  Oestrogen plays a very important role in maintaining bone strength, so a decline is this hormone impacts your bone health. In the first 5 years after Menopause, women can lose up to 10% of their bone mass caused by hormone imbalances which then increases the risk of developing osteoporosis.

There are often no warning signs for osteoporosis until someone experiences a fracture, usually after a minor fall.  If your doctor suspects you have osteoporosis, he/she will send you to get a DXA Scan

A great way to help increase bone mass is RESISTANCE TRAINING or any WEIGHT BEARING EXERCISE as this stimulates bone and muscle growth.

Many different health conditions happen leading up to, and after our transition into Menopause.  If we have the facts we can definitely keep our Hormones in-check and reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis and other menopausal symptoms.

If your interested in leaning more, contact me in regards to a very unique program that is designed to help you understand what you may experience so that you can take action before things get out of hand