Osteoporosis & Menopause

As women move from peri to post menopause the risk factors to certain disorders increase. Osteoporosis and its precursor, osteopenia are common disorders. The risks increase with the decline of the hormone oestrogen during peri to post menopause. 

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bone mineral density is reduced and the formation of new bone matrix disrupted. This increases the risk of bone fracture. The underlying mechanism in osteoporosis is an imbalance between bone resorption and bone formation. 

There a no early warning signs of osteoporosis. But testing with the such things as the DEXA scan can pick it up in its early stages.  

As the disease progress and bones weaken, micro trauma and fracture will lead to pain.  The vertebra can collapse, hips, and wrists are the most frequent sites of fracture with Osteoporosis. Loss of height will also become apparent because of bone density loss and collapse of vertebra. 

Risk Factors

Coupled with the decline in oestrogen a number of other factors increase risks of developing Osteoporosis. Including:

  • Hereditary factors
  • Low body weight (under 58 kgs)
  • Dietary factors: low protein, low calcium and vitamin D intake.
  • Lifestyle factors: smoking, lack of exercise, excess coffee, alcohol and carbonated drink consumption.
  • Heavy metal toxicity: lead and cadmium
  • Oral contraceptive use
  • Gut absorption disorders 
  • Endocrine Disorders: Cushing’s syndrome, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism
  • Some medications eg: corticosteroids
  • Diseases of the blood  

Prevention

Dietary and Lifestyle measures are a good beginning. Osteoporosis doesn’t just appear one day, it’s a process that has developed over many years and Diet and lifestyle factors are key players. Preventative measures include:

INCREASE

  • Regular weight bearing exercise 
  • Consume fresh vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids (fish oil), and in particular quality protein, which will provide essential nutrients as well as help optimise pH balance. 
  • Eat minimally processed foods that are rich in antioxidants, 
  • Increase foods high in essential fatty acids such as oily fish, nuts, and seeds.
  • Protein is essential for connective tissue support and needs to be consumed regularly

DECREASE

  • Reduce inflammatory foods – Sugar and high fructose corn syrup, Artificial trans fats; hydrogenated oils eg: margarine, refined carbohydrates, excess alcohol, processed meats.
  • Minimise intake of caffeine, alcohol, and salt.
  • Stopping smoking is a high priority.

Magnesium has a very important role in bone health.  

The enzymes involved with conversion of Vitamin D are magnesium dependant.

Other co-factors involved with calcium and vitamin D activity and metabolism are boron, vitamin K2 and zinc.

Magnesium is also required for parathyroid hormone regulation. Parathyroid hormones determine how much calcium in your blood and bones. This Makes magnesium key to keeping bones strong. 

Testing

** Hair analysis helps determine the levels of toxic metals, nutrient minerals and mineral ratios.  Hair mineral analysis is one of the most valuable, safe, non-invasive screening tools. Because of this ease I use with private clients for preventative health care.

The endocrine system is the hormone system controlling an intricate balance throughout the body.

Hormones determine your body shape, how your feel, and as mentioned previously, influences your bone health. To accurately determine your current hormone status, I use saliva testing and in conjunction with specific blood tests from your Dr. These provide a basis for my hormones first treatment program.  (The Hormone Health Program).

 Learn more about Hormones and your health with my free video training here; https://thehormonehealthnut.com

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