Menopause Osteoporosis and Burning Mouth Syndrome

by Laura Ramirez on August 2, 2011

Menopause, osteoporosis and burning mouth syndrome are conditions that are linked by declining estrogen in women who are going through the change of life. After women have transitioned through menopause, health can decline rapidly because lowered estrogen levels make women more susceptible to diseases like osteoporosis (which causes a reduction in bone mass leading to fractures, pain and deformities), heart disease and other issues including dental problems and a condition referred to as burning mouth.

Throughout your lifetime, your bone is constantly remaking itself, stripping away weakened areas and them reconstructing it with new bone. Menopause tips the scales in favor of breakdown which is why it is so essential to live an active, healthy lifestyle that supports the formation of new bone. This includes daily exercise (weight bearing exercise is an essential element), a good diet with lots of fresh vegetables and lean protein, calcium and vitamin D3 supplements. If you smoke, stop immediately because this is a huge risk factor for osteoporosis. Since it is the decline in estrogen that causes this rapid decline, it is also helpful to supplement with an over-the-counter estrogen cream or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to get to the root of the problem. If you are taking estrogen, you might also need progesterone and testosterone to balance hormonal levels. To supplement with a low level of estrogen to see if certain menopause symptoms improve, try Source Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz.

After menopause, many women may also experience a condition called burning mouth syndrome. The symptoms often present spontaneously and may last for years. Unfortunately, little is known about the cause. The treatment includes alleviating any additional condition that may have precipitated the syndrome. These include treatment of any inflammation, chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies or symptoms of pain or dry mouth.

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Dry mouth often accompanies burning mouth syndrome in post menopausal women. This may be due to taking prescription medications that tend to dry out the body. Women can compensate for this by drinking more water. A moist mouth is essential to the prevention of cavities. One has to wonder how supplementing with low dose estrogen perhaps in the form of a cream as mentioned above might help to alleviate these symptoms. Estrogen has been shown to help build bone in a number of important studies, but should also be balanced with progesterone and testosterone if needed.

Low thyroid can also contribute to this condition, making it worse, so it is essential to get tested for hypothyroidism. Your TSH levels (thyroid stimulating hormone levels) should measure from 1-2 for optimal health during the menopausal years.

Do you have menopause, osteoporosis and burning mouth syndrome? What have you found with regard to treatment that seems to help? Please share your story with other women.

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