As we age, women lose bone density twice as fast as men, and it happens due to drops in estrogen levels. In the worst cases, this can lead to osteoporosis, which is defined as a progressive loss of bone, typically first in the spine, and later in the hip, wrists and even the jaw. It’s a serious medical condition that can lead to disfigurement, disability and sometimes to death.
Is this normal?
Everyone loses bone mass as we age, but not all of us develop osteoporosis. The most rapid phase of bone loss happens in the first 5 to 6 years after your final menstrual period.
What can you do?
Bone fragility is preventable. Regular exercise and a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D is a great start. Estrogen is also FDA-approved for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.View Products
Bone fragility? Sounds scary. What’s the deal?
It definitely does sound scary! But it’s also just a part of aging. Normally, one of estrogen’s many jobs is to help keep your bones strong. As your hormone levels start to fluctuate and then drop, your bones become more fragile. In some cases, it can be relatively minor (although still not something to ignore), and in more extreme cases, you will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.
What can I do about it?
Get your Vitamin D (take a walk in the sun!). Exercise. Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium. Menopausal Hormone Treatment is also FDA-approved for the prevention of osteoporosis, and it can also prevent more minor bone fragility as well. Take Alloy’s free assessment to get started with treatment ASAP!