Menopause and Brittle Nails
Menopause brings with it many changes, including changes to your appearance. Thinning or sagging skin can lead to premature aging while diffuse hair loss can cause thinner hair. The same hormonal fluctuations that cause these changes can also cause thin or brittle nails. While many other symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can have a serious effect on your life, thinning hair and nails may not. However, they can have an impact on your self-esteem and leave you feeling self-conscious about the way you look.
Each fingernail is made of keratin, which is formed by cells located at the base of the nail bed. When women are healthy and their hormones are properly balanced, these cells function properly, and keratin is strong and sturdy. Once they reach menopause, the accompanying hormonal imbalances can lead to brittle nails that tear, split or peel due to the weakened keratin layer. The result is primarily cosmetic, but there can be health concerns as well. Nails that have broken past the quick may be more susceptible to infection and can be extremely painful.
Women can combat brittle nails by ensuring they are getting adequate hydration and a diet with the right balance of nutrients, including protein, calcium, iron, vitamin C, fat and folic acid, all of which are essential for healthy nail growth. In some cases, anemia, poor circulation or low thyroid functioning can contribute to brittle nails, but in most cases, it is simply caused by the hormonal changes of menopause.
Along with dietary changes and increased hydration, you may also try DON’T PAUSE, an all-natural menopause supplement that includes green tea, pomegranate extract and other powerful antioxidants and nutrients that promote healthy aging and reduce or eliminate bothersome menopause symptoms, including brittle nails.
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