Dr. Suresh Bansal talks about the role of menopause in Osteoporosis
In the recent past years, there has been a significant increase in the number of patients who complain about pain related to bones and most of the cases, identified in old age, are found to be osteoporosis. And among these patients, a good part comprises female sufferers.
But why is it that most of the osteoporosis patients are women when old age brings about same changes in the body? There’s one thing that’s different and answers to the question and that’s menopause.
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thinner which causes them to break or deform more easily than normally. And in the first few years of menopause, women lose about 10% of their bone mass if not taken care of.
Moreover, the female hormone oestrogen helps maintain bone health during the peak years of a women’s life when the bones are at their strongest. Oestrogen levels drop dramatically after menopause and therefore causing this deficiency which leads to osteoporosis.
But fortunately medical sciences and nature has a way out. If women above 60 years of age, or those who reach menopause earlier in life, take special care of their diet, they can save themselves from bone loss.
The key lies in being attentive and conscious about your body. Do not ignore mild but regular pain in any part of your body and consult a bone doctor/orthopaedic surgeon immediately. If detected earlier, medicines, with the help of proper diet and exercise can minimize the effects of osteoporosis and can even cure it in the earlier stages.
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