Menopause: Symptoms of Bone Loss

by Laura Ramirez on November 3, 2011

Menopause: symptoms of bone loss are like a quiet thief, stealing your healthy slowly and subtly while you sleep at night. Often bone loss happens with no symptoms at all until a fracture or life-changing break occurs that sends you spiraling down into depression because you’ve suddenly been saddled with a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Although there are many effective ways to halt the progression of this disease so it does not have to be a death sentence or prognosis for a life of pain and disability, it is better to prevent it than to have to treat it later on. In this article, you’ll learn about some important lifestyle changes that you can make to preserve bone density.

In order to understand how to prevent bone loss, you need to know what can cause it in the first place. An article on newvision.co explains what can put women at risk:

As a person gets to middle age, the bones gradually begin to thin and get weaker. This continues as one gets older, and is accelerated during menopause. However, there are some factors that put other people at a higher risk. These include:

Failure to exercise. This makes one prone to losing calcium from the bones, increasing the chances of developing osteoporosis.

Tobacco lowers testosterone activity and reduces oestrogen levels, causing early menopause. This results in the weakening of bones.

When your diet lacks calcium and Vitamin D, the risk of suffering from osteoporosis is higher.

High alcohol intake also reduces the ability of the body’s cells to make bone material.

Prolonged use of steroids.

Osteoporosis is known to run in families.

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Menopause, symptoms of bone loss: both can be helped by making small dietary changes.

So what can you do? Take the potential causes and do the opposite: exercise regularly, quit smoking, eat foods that are rich in calcium (especially leafy greens), get plenty of vitamin D by sitting in the sun for 15 minutes per day, supplement with vitamin D3 when the weather prohibits you from getting daily sun exposure, cut down or eliminate alcohol consumption, take steroids only when medically necessary—try alternatives first. If osteoporosis runs in your family, then take these preventative steps seriously. You don’t have to be obsessive. Just take small steps to start. Ask yourself daily what you can do that day to support your bone health.

Although menopause, symptoms of bone loss and a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis can often go hand in hand because proper levels of estrogen are so tied to bone health, this doesn’t mean that this is in your future especially if you start to make small changes in your life with regard to diet and regular exercise and eliminating habits that you know aren’t good for you.

Of all the suggestions presented here, which change do you think is most difficult to make? Leave your comments below and tell us where your biggest obstacles are so we can design a program that will help you make the necessary lifestyle changes in a way that is enjoyable and does not leave you feeling deprived.

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