Menopausal Osteoporosis – Reduce Your Risk of Bone Fractures

by Laura Ramirez on July 10, 2011

Menopausal osteoporosis is on the rise. Take away estrogen and estradiol which help build healthy bone, skin and hair and the risk of fractures in women increases. This is especially true of women who have gone through premature menopause (before the age of 45) due to unexplained reasons, surgery or cancer treatments. These women have had less protection from natural female hormones due to early onset. For women who went through the change in their thirties, this means decades less exposure to protective hormones than women who go through midlife transition at the average age (which is 50).

She experienced menopause in her early 50s and was given hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for her menopausal symptoms; and for the prevention of osteoporosis. She is currently not on any chronic medications. Although the patient has no personal
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The biggest menopausal osteoporosis risk factors are age, early onset menopause, ethnicity (Asians and Caucasians have the highest risk), family history, having a small, thin body frame, poor nutrition, smoking, drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day and lack of exercise.What can you do? First of all, get a bone mineral density test and know your numbers. Next, change the lifestyle factors that you can control: eat a good diet, get daily exercise (a good start is yoga) moderate sun exposure (15 minutes during the peak of the day), stop smoking and curtail your use of alcohol.If osteopenia or osteoporosis is a concern, find yourself a good doctor who understands how using natural estrogens helps protect bone health in women.

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