All women who are in or have complete menopause have a higher chance of having some levels of osteoporosis. There are usually no signs and symptoms during the early stages of this disease. Yes, this is a silent illness!
Osteoporosis is often diagnosed when you fracture your bone especially if you have completed menopause. After 30 years of age, you gradually start losing your bones a little by little each year. Women who have completed menopause have 3 times greater chance of having osteoporosis than men.
People who have stronger bones when they are young have more stock of bones to cover calcium loss when starting menopause and beyond.
What are signs and symptoms of the middle stage osteoporosis?
These are the typical middle stage for signs and symptoms of osteoporosis. You must act now to improve your bones density and quality.
- Fracture: It is the most common symptom of osteoporosis especially, in the wrist and hip. This might happen when you fall, or little things such as stepping off from the bus, coughing and sneezing.
- Back and neck pain: Back and neck pains are strongly connected to the spine. These can be very painful because the collapsed vertebrae (compression fracture) could pinch the nerves that come out from the spinal cord. The pain range from minor to severe that you will not be able to lie on your back.
- Height loss: The discs that look like gel between the vertebrae will dry up and lose flexibility as you get older. This is why you shrink. The compression fracture is another cause of height loss as well.
- Clumsiness: Makes you fall easier because you are trying to protect your uncomfortable and pain when you make movements.
- Posture: Look like Hunching could be the sign of having osteoporosis.
What are Osteoporosis Risk Factors?
- Complete menopause: Estrogen support bone density. However, when the estrogen level drops, you lose the calcium from your bones that lead to make a whole on your bones and make weak bones. That is why the bones fracture easily.
- Smoking: People who smoke have a higher risk of osteoporosis. Smokers lose bones faster than non-smokers.
- Alcohol: Heavy drinkers will decreases the strength of bone formation. Drinking will make you unfocused that will increase the risk of falling.
Note: More than 2 regular drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
- No or little exercise: You lose the balance easily as you get older. The weak muscles will not be able to support your bones.
- Diet: Low in calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K increase the chance of osteoporosis.
- Lack of Sunlight: Sunshine gives you vitamin D and provides support to absorb calcium and vitamin D and vitamin K from foods. No sunlight means even you eat calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K, it will not be able to absorb them fully.
What’s more (Unusual things that increase risks)
- Medicines: People who use certain kind of medicine such as steroids.
- Bedridden: inactive and bedridden for long periods of time
- Excessive diet: Eating disorder and anorexia.
- A female athlete: Athlete who has irregular menstrual cycles because of their low body fat.
Don’t wait! (Check your bone density now)
- Do the bones density check: FRAX (Bones density calculation developed by World Health Organization) will predict the risks of fracture by osteoporosis in the next 10 years.
- Measure your height and compare it to your past measurement.
- Check your posture.
Just be aware of the loss in density and quality of bones when you start menopause. We should check bones density test on FRAX (Bones density calculation was developed by World Health Organization) and our BMI (Body mass Index). So we can do something about it now to avoid osteoporosis. More information about strong bones on my link “Healthy Bones” .
If you suffer osteoporosis, you can delay it from getting worse or improve it. Start looking after your bones by the prevention strategies that are also absolutely essential for hormone production. It will also help you menopause issues as well. See the link “What are Menopause Age Facts” and “Health”.
Don’t forget you are not alone. The healthy blossom is here for you. We will deal with it together and turn your life around.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Japan Osteoporosis Foundation:
Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (World Health Organization)