Not being able to do your favourite hobbies, join family trips or activities due to Osteoporosis can be disheartening. Your mornings are often agonising, and you can also lose precious sleep at night because of severe back pain. Yes, Osteoporosis is common for those who are getting old, but did you know that it may actually be linked to Menopause?
Here’s an article to help you know more about Osteoporosis, how it is related to Menopause and what you can do to ease its symptoms.
An Overview of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that decreases the strength and density of the bones, causing them to become brittle to the point that simple movements, such as twisting or bending, can cause severe injuries like fractures. It also makes an individual shorter in height when bones from the spine break. It commonly affects the hip, wrist or spine.
To know if you have Osteoporosis, you can get a bone density scan or bone mineral density tests.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a sneaky disease that does not cause any discomfort until you experience a fracture. You will not notice it until it reaches the point where it has affected the density of your bones, so it has been labelled as a ‘silent killer’. Once you have Osteoporosis, you will often notice the following symptoms:
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
How Can Menopause Cause Osteoporosis?
A woman who is not yet in menopause produces several hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones play a lot of roles in regulating several functions of the body and in keeping various parts healthy.
In particular, oestrogen regulates osteoblasts, which are cells that are responsible for the production of bones. Oestrogen may not be the same as calcium, but it is also a crucial part of keeping a good bone formation.
When a woman aged 45 to 60 enters menopause, she stops producing oestrogen. This hormone deficiency reduces the capacity of the bones to reform and allows them to become weaker, resulting in faster bone loss and increasing your chances of getting Osteoporosis.
How Do You Improve Symptoms?
How to Prevent Osteoporosis during Menopause
Osteoporosis has no cure. This is why doing actions to prevent it can go a long mile. But how can you do it? Here are some of the ways you can decrease your risks of getting Osteoporosis.
Eat a Healthier Diet
Drop the high-salt meals and replace them with fruits and vegetables. Try including dark green vegetables, sweet potato and non-dairy milk.
Have Adequate Calcium
According to Better Health, which is managed and authorized by the State Government of Australia’s Department of Health, the ideal daily calcium intake is 1,300 mg.
The best sources of calcium for menopause are:
Get Vitamin D
Having sufficient calcium intake is not enough. It is important to get some vitamin D because it helps your body in absorbing calcium.
Exercise does not only strengthen your muscles but also your bones. If you want to make your bones sturdier through exercise, do some resistance, balance and weight-bearing exercises.
Drink Menopause Tea
If you are suffering from symptoms caused by menopause, herbal tea for menopause can help alleviate them. There is scientific proof that special tea blends assist in balancing oestrogen levels, which can reduce the side effects of having low hormones, such as osteoporosis, electric shocks, hot flushes, insomnia, joint pains, and brain fog. This healthy drink relieves issues caused by menopause and gives you a relaxing effect throughout the day.
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