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Menopause and HRT

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Osteoporosis

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.

Calcium Needs
Age Milligrams Daily
Teenagers 1,200
Young Adults 800-1,000
Women over 45 1,200-1,500

Here are few things you can do to prevent osteoporosis:
bulletAvoid fluoridated water (which actually extracts calcium from the bones)
bulletEat less, or no, red meat (too much phosphorus, it requires more calcium in the blood stream--often taken from bones-to balance it)
bulletDrink less of avoid soft drinks
bulletDon't smoke
bulletEat calcium-rich and boron-rich foods
bulletExercise
bulletAvoid excess caffeine and alcohol
bulletTake 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

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