Estrogen is extremely important in preventing bone loss. Therefore, bone loss is often accelerated during the time of menopause due to declining estrogen levels.
It is important for individuals, especially women, to begin building their bone bank (bone density) as early as possible to help prevent bone loss and/or osteoporosis.
The fuller your bone bank, the more time it will take for bone to break down and lessened risk of osteoporosis.
Certain lifestyle modifications can go a long way in preventing bone deterioration. Beginning a regular exercise program that incorporates weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises, and maintaining a healthy diet that incorporates plenty of vitamin D, calcium and protein are extremely helpful methods of prevention.
It is also important to quit and/or avoid smoking and/or excessive alcohol consumption.
Certain individuals are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, such as small-framed Caucasian and Asian women, individuals with a strong family history of fractures or osteoporosis, and individuals with certain pre-existing health conditions, including:
- Chronic rheumatologic disorders in which patients are treated with steroids.
- Certain endocrinal conditions, such as diabetes and overactive thyroid (hyperparathyroidism).
- Malabsorption issues, such as celiac disease (reaction to gluten found in wheat, rye and oats).
High risk patients should talk to their doctor about whether or not they should begin early bone mineral density testing, especially as they approach menopause.
We recommend that when you start to approach menopause, to use a supplement like the Manna Menopause Support, which not only can help to alleviate some dreadful menopausal symptoms, but can also help to increase estrogen to help prevent osteoporosis.