The impact of menopause on your bones

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pexels-photo-317157It’s important to understand how menopause can impact on your bones.

Women lose bone density more rapidly than men during the menopause transition when their estrogen levels decline. This results in weaker bones and a woman in her 50s has an increased chance of developing fractures in her hop, spine or wrist. 1

Risk factors

Knowing your risk factors can help you determine what measures you can take to help reduce your risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture.

You could be at a higher risk of losing bone density if any of the following apply to you:

  • Have suffered a previous fracture
  • Have experienced a loss of 3cm in height
  • Are a cigarette smoker
  • Consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day
  • Have a history of corticosteroid use
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis.

Don’t wait any longer to talk to your doctor or other health care professional about how you can start taking control of your postmenopausal symptoms.

Together you and your doctor or other health care professional can decide on a treatment plan that works for you, including how long you may require treatment.

For more information go to: www.theMword.co.nz

1.Weismiller, DG; Prim Care Clin Office Pract (2009); 36: 199-226
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