Menopause is often a difficult time for many women. Hot flashes, loss of libido, and mood swings caused by hormonal fluctuations can all be troubling parts of the “change of life.” After menopause, osteoporosis is a concern. Osteoporosis describes the reduction in bone density that can cause bones to weaken. As a result, the risk of fractures increases. What is especially frightening is that the condition often produces no noticeable symptoms—for many women the first clue that they have osteoporosis is a potentially life altering fracture of the ribs, hips, or vertebrae. When it comes to osteoporosis, prevention is key. There are several steps women can take to delay or even prevent its onset.*
Inflammation, aches, and pain upon movement occur in joints when cartilage is damaged and there is friction when bones rub together. Severe losses of mobility due to joint problems are often associated with individuals in their seventies, but damage starts to occur well before that. Many people in their twenties and thirties will start to experience joint problems. By the time most people hit 40, they have already sustained some damage to the joints that are classified as weight bearing. These include the joints found in the ankles, spine, hips, and knees. This damage often doesn’t produce symptoms until later in life, so many people may not be aware that it is occurring. By the time severe symptoms do manifest, even simple activities like bending over in the garden or taking a walk in the park can be excruciating or even impossible.*
Supplementation is a vital part of a comprehensive osteoporosis-prevention plan. This wasn’t always the view held by the medical community, however. Until relatively recently, doctors tended to focus on lifestyle changes alone. Now, most medical professionals recognize the value of a supplement designed to promote bone health.* In fact, approximately 79 percent of medical professionals now favor the use of these types of supplements according to a Council for Responsible Nutrition study.*
The substance most people think of with respect to bone health is calcium. This mineral is essential in fighting bone loss and weakening as we grow older. It has been extensively studied and is a major ingredient in a wide array of bone supplements. Taking calcium regularly can not only help preserve bone mass, but can also help guard against bone fractures. However, it is only part of the picture. Doctor Stephen Holt, who wrote The Antiporosis Plan, states: “There has been far too much emphasis on viewing calcium as the only nutritional intervention of significance to prevent osteoporosis. Modern science shows us that calcium alone is not the answer to osteoporosis prevention or management. Again, it must be noted that there are many bone-boosting nutritional substances, including selected vitamins, minerals, and botanical agents that have been shown to support the density of bones,” So, what are these other nutritional substances? Certain vitamins can aid in the absorption of Calcium, helping it to work more effectively in regards to bone health while several minerals, which can become deficient as we age, also support stronger bones. Because the majority of this loss occurs with menopause, it may help to use a natural hormone replacement substance to regulate hormonal levels in the body.*
It’s never too soon to start taking steps to avoid bone loss. Building bone mass early in life through exercise, a healthy diet, and supplementation can help delay many of the issues associated with osteoporosis. Choosing supplements with natural ingredients may reduce the risk of bone loss and assist in the maintenance of healthy bones. Remember, a little effort now can help you avoid dealing with a fracture and the painful recovery and reduced mobility that often go along with a broken hip or rib. A solid preventative program will promote bone health and overall health, which can help you live an active and full life well into your later years.