How to Maintain Bone Health in Menopause
Following on from World Menopause Day yesterday (Thursday 18th October), tomorrow (Saturday 20th October) marks World Osteoporosis Day across the globe.
The two are closely linked; the decline in your body’s oestrogen levels that triggers menopause symptoms can also weaken bone density, increasing your osteoporosis risk - something that is a particular problem in post-menopausal women.
Osteoporosis is also sometimes referred to as brittle bone disease; people diagnosed with the condition are more likely to suffer bone fractures and breaks. As you get older, these can be harder to recover from, meaning osteoporosis can be a debilitating condition.
In fact, spinal fractures are the most common type of fracture in people with osteoporosis. These can be paralysing, showing just how vital it is to find a way to manage your bone health in later life.
Ahead of World Osteoporosis Day, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is aiming to raise awareness of other risk factors for the condition, which can include a family history of broken bones.
Osteoporosis fractures are especially common in women, with one in three aged over 50 experiencing these injuries, compared to one in five men of the same age.
While genetics can play a role in this increased risk, so can menopause. Lower bone density is a common menopause symptom, so it is important to find a way to try to manage this.
Calcium and vitamin D have both been linked with keeping bones strong, so finding a menopause supplement that contains these minerals, such as Femarelle® Unstoppable (which includes vitamin D), could help you to manage this symptom.
Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D from your diet may also help, so try to consume plenty of milk, yoghurt, cheese, soy beans, fish and egg yolks as part of a healthy lifestyle. In total, it’s recommended that women aged 51 to 70 consume 1,200 milligrams of calcium every day.