Postmenopausal Osteoporosis: The cessation of menstruation is accompanied by a decrease in estrogen levels, which increases the risk of osteoporosis the longer this decline in estrogen levels is allowed to continue. Learn more about what triggers Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and how it can be treated.
Do you know that osteoporosis is very common in women who have gone through menopause? All women should make it a priority to live a healthy lifestyle and treat their bones with care because neglecting either can have serious consequences. Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by bone fragility and an increased risk of fractures.
Dr. Anu Vij, a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Medicover Hospitals in Navi Mumbai, recently spoke with HT Lifestyle, where she offered the following explanation: “As a result of bone mass and strength loss, osteoporosis is known as “porous bone.”
It will come as a shock to learn that this ailment might worsen in the absence of obvious signs or discomfort. When the bones break, generally in the back or the hips, it is usually too late to diagnose this disorder. One of the unfortunate realities of Postmenopausal osteoporosis is the increased likelihood of future fractures. The symptoms of this ailment can be annoying and may even cause you to miss work. And it can lower your quality of life even further.”
She remarked, “During the aging process, bone breakdown tends to outstrip bone build-up, placing one in danger of gradual loss of bone mass,” but she didn’t go into detail on why this happens. If a woman’s bone density drops below a specific threshold, she is diagnosed with Postmenopausal osteoporosis. Furthermore, menopause is the leading cause of osteoporosis, and almost half of postmenopausal women will be diagnosed with the condition.
The health expert clarified the connection between menopause and osteoporosis by saying, “Menopause is not having menses.” The cessation of menstruation is a sign that estrogen levels are decreasing in a woman’s body. This is due to a lack of estrogen production by the ovaries, which would otherwise trigger menstruation. The hormone estrogen serves a crucial function in preventing bone loss and keeping bones strong. Keep in mind that your chance of developing Postmenopausal osteoporosis increases the longer you are exposed to low estrogen levels.
Dr. Anu Vij, when discussing the causes of Postmenopausal osteoporosis, pointed the finger at excessive alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, a family history of the disease, and the use of certain medications that have a negative effect on bone and lead to bone loss. She claims that a number of medical disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, hyperparathyroidism, and diabetes mellitus, can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.
She described the signs of Postmenopausal osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, saying, “Osteoporosis is a ‘silent’ disease because it often doesn’t cause symptoms until the condition has advanced; however, the red flags of this condition are impaired function; back pain; decreased mobility; experiencing fractures (bone breaks) in your back, wrists, or hips; experiencing changes in posture, such as kyphosis; taking on a hunchback appearance
She explained that a (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is part of the diagnostic process to evaluate the severity of osteoporosis’s effect on the spine if it exists at all. Because the ovaries no longer produce as much estrogen, Dr. Anu Vij noted that estrogen therapy is a hormone replacement medication that helps enhance the body’s estrogen supply as one of the therapeutic choices for postmenopausal osteoporosis. Vitamin D and calcium supplements help bone by stimulating the growth of new bone, which strengthens existing bone. The best course of treatment for you will be determined by your doctor.
She wrapped up the discussion on Postmenopausal osteoporosis management by suggesting dietary changes: “Opt for a diet loaded with calcium and vitamin D.” Be sure to eat enough dairy, almonds, edamame, tofu, orange juice, and cereal, all of which are good sources of calcium. Salmon, tuna, sardines, and egg yolks are all good sources of vitamin D. Increase bone density by using resistance bands and weights. Keeping your weight where it should be to prevent bone loss. Just say no to booze and cigarettes. Strive to maintain good health all the way through.
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Who is likely to develop Postmenopausal Osteoporosis?
The risk of developing osteoporosis is highest for women over the age of 50. In fact, osteoporosis affects women at a rate four times higher than that of men. Osteoporosis is more common in women because of their lighter, more porous bones, and longer life expectancies.