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How to Manage Osteopenia Risk in Menopause

Are you aware of osteopenia? It’s likely that you’ll have heard of osteoporosis before, but osteopenia is a little different.

Here, we take a look at how, and explore how you can manage this condition during menopause and beyond.

The Difference Between Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

Like osteoporosis, osteopenia is also a loss of bone density, but not quite as severe. In some people, osteopenia can be a precursor to osteoporosis, but this isn’t always the case.

Osteopenia most commonly develops in women in their 50s, and it’s no coincidence that this is the average age for menopause to occur. The drop in your body’s oestrogen levels that triggers the start of menopause can affect your bone density, causing your bones to weaken, subsequently increasing your risk of fractures and breaks.

If you have significantly weakened bones, these injuries can be hard to recover from - in some cases, they can be debilitating.

Fractures may be less likely among those with osteopenia, but they are still a slight risk, and there is a chance that your osteopenia could develop into osteoporosis, so it’s important to do all you can to strengthen your bones and prevent this from occurring.

Osteopenia can be genetic, and people who smoke, drink excessively, have a history of rheumatoid arthritis and who have suffered previous fractures earlier in life are also at greater risk of developing the condition.

So, how can it be managed?

Managing Osteopenia During Menopause

You can try to maintain your bone density through diet, as well as through menopause supplements.

Foods with a high calcium content and that are naturally rich in vitamin D can help to keep bones healthy and strong, contributing towards reducing the risk of fractures. Consume more of these as part of a balanced diet if you’re concerned about your osteopenia or osteoporosis risk, and always make sure you speak to your doctor if you’re looking for reassurances or an official diagnosis.

Menopause supplements can help too - look out for ones that contain calcium and vitamin D for support with bone strength, as well as other menopause symptoms.

You’ll find both of these ingredients in Femarelle® Unstoppable, which is primarily designed to be taken during post-menopause. However, if you have concerns regarding your bone health earlier than this, you may still find the supplement beneficial.

Femarelle® Unstoppable includes calcium and vitamin D alongside DT56a, which is derived from soy, and can mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body, meaning it could help you to manage a range of menopause symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings.

Femarelle® supplements are the only ones to contain DT56a - if you’re interested in seeing how they could help you during menopause, you can explore the full range here.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/osteopenia-early-signs-of-bone-loss

https://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause/osteoporosis-and-menopause.aspx

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteoporosis/

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/osteopenia/article_em.htm