Menopause Symptoms and Osteoporosis Can Go Together Like Peas in a Pod

by Laura Ramirez on October 4, 2011

Menopause symptoms and osteoporosis go hand in hand. When you start feeling those hot flashes, night sweats or fatigue, it’s time to also take a close look at your bone density and find out if you are at risk for osteopenia or osteoporosis. You can do this by getting a heel scan. Some local hospitals even do them for free.

Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because it sneaks up on you—it has no real warning signs—and when you finally find out that you have it, your skeletal system has already been compromised. I’m not trying to scare you, just make you aware of what you could be facing by failing to take responsibility for your health. Although you cannot see your bones, they provide the framework for your body, the temple in which you live.

Awareness of your bone health is so essential, the last three articles I’ve written have been focused on this topic because I want to make sure to get the word out. One in two women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis. Ladies, this is huge! As women, we’ve worked too hard throughout our lives to spend our golden years in pain and misery.

Okay, now that I have your attention, here’s what an article on philstar.com has to say about this disease:

“Osteoporosis has grown to become a global health concern,” speaks Annie Robinson, Fonterra senior nutritionist who flew in from New Zealand for this all-important discussion. “With the ever increasing rate of osteoporotic fracture, there is a need to raise awareness on how the number of fatalities that go along with this disease can be curbed.”

Angela Pablo, senior nutritionist of Fonterra Philippines

Let’s deal with the painful facts: There’s one osteoporotic fracture case that happens every three seconds worldwide, 20 percent of which leads to death.

As you probably already know, osteoporosis occurs when the bone mass decreases faster than the body can replace it, resulting in a net loss of bone mass. Which is why a slight bump or fall can lead to fracture. But as osteoporosis manifests no signs or symptoms, it is referred to as a silent disease.

menopause symptoms and osteoporosis

Menopause symptoms and osteoporosis are a common issue for 1 in 2 postmenopausal women.

So knowing that menopause symptoms and osteoporosis are inextricably linked, what can you do? Make bone health a part of your overall care regimen. This means eating healthy foods that build bone health as a first line defense. Am I talking about milk and yogurt? No. I’m talking about yummy greens: kale, mustard greens, seaweed. These land and ocean greens have more calcium in the tip of their pinky than in a giant glass of milk. Take Vitamin D3 Gold, it builds strong bones. Get out in the sun. Engage in daily exercise. Breathe … exercise. Any weight bearing exercise will put on bone. Do yoga to keep yourself strong and limber and to prevent spinal stenosis. You also might want to supplement your hormones with an over-the-counter estrogen cream (such as Source Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz) because estrogen builds strong bones.

Aging can suck, especially if you fail to take care of your body. So resolve right now to take care of that beautiful temple in which your spirit dwells. Make an action plan. Commit to it by leaving a comment below about the first lifestyle change that you’re going to make. Do it now.

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