How to Manage Menopausal Arthritis
Hot flushes, mood swings, low energy, difficulty sleeping, vaginal dryness - the many symptoms of menopause can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and have a significant impact on your relationships and quality of life. And on top of all that, did you know menopause can increase your risk of arthritis too?
Menopausal arthritis is a condition that affects many women, particularly in the post-menopause stage. Arthritis occurs when the joints become inflamed, which can be very painful and debilitating.
Arthritis and osteoarthritis typically affect more women than men, with the risk of developing the condition increasing from your 50s onwards. It is no coincidence that this is when the average woman goes through menopause - a drop in oestrogen levels can significantly increase your arthritis risk.
Who is Most at Risk of Menopausal Arthritis?
Women who have a genetic history of arthritis are at greater risk of developing the condition in menopause, while being overweight, obese or deficient in certain vitamins - such as vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids - can also increase the likelihood of a diagnosis.
Smoking is another risk factor, and you’re also more likely to develop menopausal arthritis if you’ve broken bones in the past.
Women are believed to be at greater risk than men because their bodies are designed to enable childbirth, making their joints slightly more elastic than men’s. This means that any woman could develop arthritis in menopause or post-menopause, with the risk heightening as their oestrogen levels begin to decline.
Oestrogen is thought to have a protective effect on the cartilage that sits around the joints, so when levels of the hormone drop as menopause approaches, this cartilage can be affected, making inflammation and pain caused by bones rubbing together more likely.
Menopausal Arthritis Treatments
It’s important to take steps to manage your risk of menopausal arthritis from as early on as possible. For example, exercises designed to strengthen bones and muscles, such as yoga and weight-bearing exercises like walking, tennis, dancing and jogging.
Eating a diet rich in all the vitamins you need, including vitamin C, E and D will help to support healthy bones, which could contribute towards managing your arthritis and osteoarthritis risk too. Getting enough calcium is also important.
However, one of the biggest risk factors for menopausal arthritis is declining oestrogen levels. This means you need to find a way to rebalance your hormones early on in your menopause journey to manage your risk.
At Menopause Supplements, you’ll find the Femarelle® range of supplements, which contain a natural ingredient known as DT56a. This soy derivative can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in women’s bodies, therefore helping to manage multiple menopause symptoms.
Femarelle® Unstoppable supplements are designed specifically for the post-menopause stage and contain vitamin D and calcium, to help maintain bone density despite declining oestrogen levels.
As arthritis can increase your risk of osteoporosis too, it's essential to look after your bones and joints as best as you can in menopause.
If you think you might be at greater risk of menopausal arthritis, taking these natural supplements could help you with maintaining your bone strength.
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