The word osteoporosis means porosity of the bones. When estrogen production decreases
at the onset of menopause, not enough calcium is deposited to keep up with accelerated
bone loss. Estrogen is important in the manufacture of new bone tissue, and when its
production level drops down at the onset of menopause, bones become riddled with holes or
"air pockets," like a sponge. They become brittle and easily broken. The
weakened bone can no longer take the weight of the body, the hip breaks, and the woman
falls. Roughly 200,000 women a year are disabled by hip fractures and resulting falls.
Many die due to complications from these injuries or the resulting surgeries. Some lose
height from collapsing vertebrae and/or develop the "dowager's hump.'
The estrogen dip and accelerated calcium loss occurs long before the last period. The
calcium loss can continue for as long as ten years afterward. Postmenopausal women need
even more calcium than youngsters require at puberty.
|Women over 45
Here are few things you can do to prevent osteoporosis:
|Avoid fluoridated water (which actually extracts calcium from the bones)|
|Eat less, or no, red meat (too much phosphorus, it requires more calcium in the blood
stream--often taken from bones-to balance it)|
|Drink less of avoid soft drinks|
|Eat calcium-rich and boron-rich foods|
|Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol|
|Take calcium and magnesium supplements |
See Also: Common Sense
Remedies for ideas on how to prevent and manage osteoporosis
Long-Term Effects Of Estrogen Deficiency
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
[Menopause and HRT
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