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Women’s Bone Health

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Bone health is a concern that faces everyone, regardless of gender, but women require an additional level of care to ensure they live a full life with healthy bones.  These patients tend to have bones that are slimmer than their male counterparts, as well as being subject to hormonal changes that can impact retention of bone material past age 50. Thankfully there are methods for preventing the onset of osteoporosis and help maintain strong and healthy bones.

What Should I Know About Women’s Health

Our bones are durable constructs consisting of multiple layers that add up to create the organs that support us throughout our lives.  Women tend to lose almost a third of the outer coating of the bones that comprises the densest portion, but they also lose almost half of the softer tissue found within known as trabecular bone.  This process sets in in earnest after menopause, and is manageable with proper diet and an active lifestyle.

How To Start Early Protecting Your Bones From Menopause

Starting from your earliest years it’s important to begin preparing yourself for your life after menopause.  The more of an active lifestyle you live, combined with your conscientious choices involving nutrition and diet can ensure that your later years are lived with durable bones that provide you with greater quality of life.  Nuts, diary, fruits, and vegetables that are rich in vitamins are the key, while avoiding sugar, fat, and processed foods help immensely. Weight-bearing exercise will ensure that your bones remain strong and durable for years to come.

After The Arrival Of Menopause

Menopause is when your body will begin experiencing greater levels of bone loss, and vigilance will be necessary to ensure it does as little damage as possible.  It starts with a health active lifestyle that includes plenty of Vitamin D and calcium supplements that provide at least 1,000mg of calcium every day. Caffeine needs to become less common as it is well known for its ability to leech calcium from your bones and prevent the body from processing ingested calcium.  Alcohol and salt are lesser threats, but reducing their intake is still essential in promoting healthy bones.

Medical Conditions And Procedures

Certain medical conditions can contribute to bone loss, so speak to your physician to determine if any of these are relevant to you.  Additionally there is little current evidence about osteoporosis in those who have undergone transition, but estrogen is a major factor in accelerated bone loss.  Speak to your physician and endocrinologist to learn what role this may play in your osteoporosis.

In addition to seeing your physician you may consider adding an osteologist to your health care team. These experts specialize in the health and development of healthy  bones. Hormone Replacement Therapy may be suggested to help prevent bone loss, which would include the services of an endocrinologist. If you’re concerned about the future of your bone health make a call to Dr. Justin Dempsey at the Premier Health and Wellness Center in Waco, TX today.

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