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Woman getting osteroposis bone density scan with doctorWill menopause increase my risk for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become weak, putting you at risk for fractures. Your vertebra can also collapse, causing you to become shorter, become hunched over, and have pain in your back. Because low estrogen is directly related to a decrease in bone density, your risk for osteoporosis increases with menopause.

Throughout your life, your bones build up as well as breakdown. Generally, maximum bone strength is reached by about age 30. From that time, you can experience more breakdown than building up of your bones. When the breakdown is reduced to a certain point of bone loss, you are diagnosed with osteoporosis. Unfortunately, a decrease in estrogen, such as during menopause, can contribute to bone loss and thus an osteopenia or osteoporosis diagnosis.

Sadly, though osteoporosis can cause pain, often it is a silent disease. You may not realize you have it until you suffer from a sudden broken bone. With osteoporosis, a bone can break from a fall or something as simple as a bump, climbing the stairs, lifting, or bending. And once you’ve had a fracture during menopause that is related to osteoporosis, you can be at risk for more.

Being female and going through menopause are both risk factors for developing osteoporosis, so it’s important to be aware of any other risk factors you may have so you can try to minimize them. Following basic do's and don'ts could make a big difference. You can make some lifestyle and dietary changes, and some supplements or medications can be helpful. In addition, estrogen can be used to prevent and treat osteoporosis related to menopause.

If you have a personal or family history of osteoporosis, talk to your doctor or see a specialist. Together you can work to combat osteoporosis during menopause.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-31-2015 - 10:24 AM


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