Bone Density and Menopause

Bone density, more importantly, decrease in bone density, is another issue with menopause.
The onset of menopause triggers anxiety in a lot of women. Fears of hot flashes, mood disorders and other symptoms send many women running and screaming for the first hormone replacement therapy they can find. What many of these women fail to realize is that not only are the symptoms of menopause uncomfortable, they can also be telling us something.

A new study released by the University of California-Los Angeles suggests that hot flashes may be linked to decreased bone density in women in menopause. Researchers speculate that the same stress hormones that spark hot flashes may also be a factor for decreasing bone mass. It’s important to note that researchers in the study had indicated that none of the test subjects had developed full-blown osteoarthritis as of the time of the study, however the results were intriguing.

It shifts the focus away from temporary discomfort and toward listening to your body and taking steps to prevent more serious conditions like osteoarthritis.

The medical community has long touted the benefits of taking a calcium supplement fortified with Vitamin D during menopause in order to combat the onset of osteoarthritis, however it wasn’t clear as to when the best time to begin. Researchers are now beginning to scratch the surface in understanding the relationship between menopause symptoms and the underlying physiological changes occurring inside the body.

Women over 50 are advised to consume 1200 mg of calcium and 800-1000 international units of vitamin D each day while women under 50 should consume 1000 mg of calcium and 400-800 international units of vitamin D each day to ward off osteoporosis. Regular, low impact exercise also helps stop the progression of the disease.

Researchers have stopped short of saying that meeting your calcium and vitamin D needs through a diet rich in diary and calcium supplements will stop your hot flashes. But they have agreed that women that experience regular flashes should schedule an appointment with their doctor to measure their bone density and begin taking steps to ensure a healthy, osteoporosis free future.

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