Osteoporosis is a progressive loss of bone, typically first in the spine, and later in the hip, wrists and even the jaw. As we age, women lose bone density twice as fast as men. Osteoporosis is a serious medical condition that can lead to disfigurement, disability and sometimes to death.
Is this normal?
Everyone loses bone mass as we age, but not all of us develop osteoporosis. The most rapid phase of bone loss happens in the first 5 to 6 years after your final menstrual period.
What can you do?
Osteoporosis is preventable. Regular exercise and a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D is a great start. Estrogen is FDA-approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
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What’s the deal with osteoporosis during menopause?
You know how people talk about shrinking when they age? It’s not just something they say. It’s something that actually happens. Osteoporosis is a medical condition of excessive bone loss. Typically, it starts in the spine, and then moves to your hips, your wrists, and even your jaw. It causes your bones to become brittle and break more easily, and can lead to disfigurement, disability, and in very extreme cases, death.
As we age, we all lose bone mass, and women lose bone density twice as fast as men. Women also suffer from osteoporosis in greater numbers than men.
Why does it happen?
Our bones are basically in a constant state of breaking down and being built up. Our skeletons are responsive, and our bones are always being remodeled according to genetics, stress, injuries, and hormonal states. For most of your life, this should happen in equilibrium, where the amount of bone being broken down is equal to the amount of bone being built, and you won’t notice any changes in your body.
This balance is thanks to estrogen. When you go through menopause, your estrogen levels drop, and the scale tips, causing your bones to lose mass. This is why you lose bone density as you age. The most rapid phase of bone loss happens in the first 5 to 6 years after your last menstrual period.
Is this normal?
Yes and no. Bone density loss is definitely normal, but not everyone gets osteoporosis.
Is there anything I can do about it?
There are things you can do about it. Unfortunately, you can’t change your genetics. If you have a family history of osteoporosis, you have a higher chance of developing it yourself. Other risk factors include having a small frame and smoking. If you fall into any of these categories, you should be especially mindful, but everyone should take note.
Exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. You should also go for a bone density test to find out your baseline. Finally, you may look into taking estrogen. It’s FDA-approved for both the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Check out Alloy's estrogen options on our product page.