Menopause and Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Osteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis, a condition that increases the risk of bone fractures due to a severe decrease in bone density. Women’s bone mass reaches peak density when they are in their 20s and early 30s, and as they age, their bone mass begins to decrease. After menopause, the bone loss accelerates primarily due to the loss of estrogen, which reduces collagen levels.
Although osteopenia is common, some women are more prone to osteoporosis than others. Women who are over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk. Those who are of Caucasian or Asian descent are also at an increased risk although women of color who suffer a hip fracture are more likely to experience complications or die due to the fractures. Women who are petite, small-boned or who have a family history of the condition are more likely to experience thinning bones.
The complications and risks of osteoporosis can be extreme, but the condition is preventable. Exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise, can build bones and strengthen muscles. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can fortify bones and help minimize bone loss. Limiting alcohol and quitting smoking can also help reduce your risk since both habits can damage your bones over time.
If you are at risk of osteopenia, natural supplements may also help. DON’T PAUSE, a multi symptoms natural menopause relief supplement, contains DHEA, pomegranate extract, green tea and phytoestrogen to reduce the hormonal fluctuations common with menopause and decrease or eliminate common menopause symptoms so that you can get back to enjoying the life you have always known and loved.
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