10 Proven Facts About Menopausal Osteoporosis

10 Proven Facts About Menopausal Osteoporosis | MenopauseCoach.com

There are many different causes of bone breakdown in women, which can begin before menopause. The insidiousness of this pathology is that a woman does not feel its signs for a long period. The prevention of osteoporosis in menopause is very important. It is during this period that there is increased destruction of the structure of the bone mass, which can create serious problems for the health of women.

Osteoporosis menopause is a disease of the musculoskeletal system, in which there is a thinning of bone tissue, its fragility increases. This is most intense during menopause when the female sex hormones responsible for restoring bone mass cease to be produced.

The density of bones is crucial to bone health, and it should be always maintained to prevent supporting problems and severe symptoms during menopause. For instance, women who already struggle with osteoporosis feel difficult to move and exercise. Then, it leads to tiredness and they may feel apathy. Besides, women are at great risk of experience hip fractures. Mainly, such causes may be dictated by genetic factors. If your mother struggles with the same problem, you are most likely to inherit it as well. Studies confirm that genetic may be manifested in low-level lipoprotein receptors, osteoprotegerin, sclerostin, and activator of NF kB presence. Otherwise, doctors trace the significant impact of smoking or improper nutrition that both may cause early stages of menopause and bone problems. So, the help of dedicated experts will be encouraged. 

Speaking scientifically, healthy bones are achieved by two cells, osteoclasts, and its second important colleague, osteoblasts. They form the bone unit, regulate its functioning. Bones have few healthy stages thanks to which women move with no trouble. The resting phase that allows us to adjust them after movements, the activation aimed to alert the brain you will move, the resorption aimed to release minerals, the reversal one for forming certain environments for minerals, and the formation which builds it up all.

Estrogen, in turn, affects the bones following the next mechanism:

1) it alters the sensitivity of bones
2) increases the formation of calcitonin
3) fastens calcium dissipation
4) reduces kidney excretion of calcium

Thus, during the premenopause osteoporosis, the bone cycle is affected by estradiol lack. And, the bones lack power and minerals to function well. When women in the premenopause stage, there is an imbalanced increase in resorption rather than bone formation. Then, when she is in her actual menopause, the bone formation starts being reduced. 

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After collecting evidence and observing the studies that yearly are conducted to understand how osteoporosis after menopause can be prevented and treated, we gathered the basic tips for your acknowledgment. Please, read them only and do not diagnose yourself at sole discretion. Osteoporosis postmenopausal can manifest itself in different women differently.

  1. Osteoporosis manifests itself mainly at the age of over 60 years, it has severe consequences for patients: chronic pain and prolonged bed rest due to bone fractures.
  2. The increased risk of osteoporosis after menopause is the result of a decrease in the production of estrogen, which occurs in the postmenopausal period, causes functional changes in all hormone-dependent organs and can lead to the development of several diseases, including the effect on calcium-phosphorus-magnesium metabolism. This contributes to the development of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  3. There are no methods to survey the general population for the diagnosis of early menopause osteoporosis, which makes it difficult to assess the prevalence of the disease in the world.
  4. Based on the data of medical statistics, it can be concluded that presumably from 25% to 35% of women aged 65 years suffer from manifest osteoporosis-reduced bone density and fractures without a significant cause.
  5. The most vulnerable are light-skinned thin women. Women with osteoporosis and menopause spend more time in the hospital than due to another pathology.
  6. If there is a family history of osteoporosis, the likelihood of the disease increases.
  7. Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis after menopause because along with many negative factors it has an impact on health. Because of smoking, the smallest blood vessels (capillaries) are narrowed and this impairs the access of nutrients to the bones.
  8. Elevated sugar levels have been shown to damage bones in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it is important to control the level of sugar. Diabetes-related conditions, such as damage to the eyes and nerves, can be the main reasons for falls and fractures.
  9. Forearm fractures and vertebral body changes are the most common fractures resulting from osteoporosis. The number of altered vertebrae increases exponentially with age. If at the age of 60 years the percentage is still not statistically high, then after this the number of fractures among women increases than among men twice.
  10. How to prevent osteoporosis after menopause? The menopausal osteoporosis treatment prescribed for the prevention of osteoporosis and fractures in women is menopausal hormone therapy.

As you may see, this is a common problem. But, do not write it off as lost if you have been diagnosed. There are various options for treatment, and below you can find what can greatly help your health condition.

How to Treat Osteoporosis During Menopause?

The main idea of the treatment of insufficient bone density is to prevent the risk of fractures. First off, a woman undergoes a medical examination which includes a bone density test. If it reports one has a low risk of breaking a bone, there might be no need in taking medications or following therapies. If it shows a high risk, doctors prescribe bio phosphates or monoclonal antibody drugs. They both contribute to increasing the density and minimizing the breaks.

Similarly, as with many other symptoms, a woman can be prescribed hormone replacement therapy to replace estrogen. Such a solution is great for maintaining bones fit but has many side effects and contraindications such as the formation of blood clots, breast cancer. But, they are rare if the treatment is prescribed right. And, to avoid such negative consequences, doctors tend to go for it in young women who are in their premenopause stages. 

For example, Raloxifene medication benefits bone density and is not associated with the risk of breast cancers but blood clots only. 

Natural Remedies for Osteoporosis Treatment in Menopausal Women

Calcium 

This is a supplement most likely to be used because it is recommended by the FDA for increasing bone density. Generally, if a woman follows a healthy diet, her meals should contain enough calcium in products. But, if there is an insufficient amount, it can be found in stand-alone remedies. 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital to help calcium be absorbed faster. It is not naturally found in meals but you can spend more time on the sun which is the primary source. If there is no suitable environment, again address this concern to a physician to find an alternative in health supplements aimed to make bones stronger.

Magnesium

This mineral can be found in bread, nuts, and green vegs. Together with the calcium, they build strong support for bones. Try to seek for natural products that do not undergo processing because the amount of magnesium will not meet the necessary treatment. Commonly, 300 mg is enough for initial intake. But, ideally, is to find supplements that will combine both calcium and magnesium together.

Dong Quai

It is a multipurpose plant that primarily used for regulation of blood but there is evidence it positively affects bone density. Other reasons to take it during menopause osteoporosis are headaches, inflammations, infections.

Vitamin K

Another support for calcium is Vitamin K. Even though, it helps to strengthen the bones, one should be careful with its intake. Among its side effects is blood-thinning, so the minimal doses are highly encouraged.

Finally, if speaking of other natural solutions, one should not neglect the role of sport. Yes, it is prohibited to go for intensive exercises because they only cause damage to the bones but swimming and aerobics may benefit one’s density. Women stretch their legs and arms, they help them receive support for blood circulation, and avoid extreme tiredness. Otherwise, it is a perfect tool for stabilizing sleep and reducing stress and depression.

The Bottom Line

Follow the above-mentioned recommendations at all times, do not compromise on your first signs of bone pain. Keep in mind, menopause is a common stage when a woman is likely to struggle from osteoporosis but it does not mean there is no treatment or prevention. You will have bone problems for sure if you keen on smoking or working in jobs where extreme lifting or walking is encouraged. Ensure you do not overstress yourself, and you address all pains in bones in their first onset to a physician. 

FAQ

Which ICD 10 code for postmenopausal osteoporosis?

The ICD 10 code for postmenopausal osteoporosis is M81. 0.

How to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis?

It is always better to prevent it. But, medications, hormone therapy, and a healthy lifestyle may do good.

Do I need to visit a doctor for postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment?

Yes, it is recommended in order to not deteriorate the current condition.

What do eat for postmenopausal osteoporosis? 

Food is rich with calcium, magnesium and other minerals and vitamins.



 

Dr.Warren Willey

Healthy life expert. Trainer, psychologist, nutritionist.
My mission is to help people live a healthy and happy life!

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