World Menopause Awareness Day is observed every year on October 18 to help raise awareness of the impact menopause can have on a woman’s everyday life. This year’s theme is bone health. As women reach menopause, they’re more susceptible to things like broken bones, fractures and osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones) because of decreasing estrogen levels. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, postmenopausal women experience bone loss between 1.3-1.5% at the lumbar (lower) spine and 1.4% at the femoral neck (upper portion of the femur or thighbone) each year.
Approximately 1 in 2 postmenopausal women over age 50 will experience a broken bone because of bone loss. Here are five ways you can protect and strengthen your bones as you age:
Chronic, heavy alcohol consumption compromises bone health and increases the risk of osteoporosis.
While bone health is a major health concern for women between the ages of 45 and 55, there is much more to consider. Menopause Awareness Day encompasses everything a woman experiences before, during and after menopause. If you have any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, ask your doctor about possible treatment options:
Your doctor may recommend things like estrogen creams, lubricants or moisturizers to help alleviate some of the most uncomfortable symptoms, like vaginal dryness. They may also refer you to a menopausal specialist for further guidance if symptoms worsen or do not improve with treatment.
The Premier Family Medicine physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers provide expert care for women’s health issues during every stage of their lives—from adolescence to menopause and beyond. Call us at 909-378-9143 to schedule an appointment today.
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