There are many changes in
the skeleton of women after menopause. Women have increased risk of
osteoporosis. This is due to de-mineralisation of bones.
Weakening of bones that
causes them to become brittle and that may increase the risk of fracture is
known as osteoporosis. It is also known as thinning of bones or bone loss. Due
to this condition, the bones of hip, forearms and vertebrae in the spine are
more susceptible to fracture. Even a minor injury may cause bones to break due
to this condition. A person may have to undergo persistent pain in case of
broken bone or fracture which may affect his or her ability to do normal
activities properly. Women are more susceptible to this disorder during
menopause due to the reduction in the production of oestrogen
Is there a risk of osteoporosis
because of menopause?
Approximately 50% of bone loss occurs in the first 5 to 7 years of menopause
Thus, the risk of osteoporosis increases tremendously at
How does menopause affect the
De-mineralisation of bone is
potentially the most serious long-term consequence of human menopause. Peak
bone mass is reached in the third decade of life. Thereafter there is a progressive
reduction in bone mass, with an accelerated loss following menopause.
The precise mechanism of bone loss is uncertain. There is an increase in bone
turnover, which disrupts the remodelling process, with bone resorption
are the common symptoms of
Osteoporosis cannot be
merely diagnosed on the basis of symptoms.
Many individuals are unaware of this condition prevailing in them until they
get a bone fracture. Pain and reduction in height are some of the common
symptoms that may be experienced by individual with this
What are the other causes of
As mentioned above,
decrease in the production of oestrogen can make women susceptible to osteoporosis.
Inadequate intake of calcium and lack of Vitamin D can also be responsible for
this disorder. Although, osteoporosis is common in women after menopause, it
may also prevail in younger women who have stopped menstruating or are coping
with disorders like anorexia.
Low testosterone levels in men
can also be responsible for osteoporosis in them. Disorders like
hyperparathyroidism which are responsible for the loss of calcium are also one
of the common causes for osteoporosis. Low calcium is may affects the bone
health thereby causing osteoporosis.
Other than the above
mentioned causes, there are few more things that can give rise to this
condition. Let us take a look at such
Taking alcoholic drinks
Certain disorders like cystic
fibrosis or multiple myeloma
How to deal with
through medications is one of the traditional ways to deal with this disorder.
Other than medications, following a correct exercise programme under the
supervision of expert can also help to get relief. Other techniques like
physiotherapy, massage, acupressure, acupuncture, using braces and support can
also help to deal with osteoporosis. Breathing and relaxation techniques are
also used in order to divert the attention from pain. In case if all of the
above motioned remedies fail to provide the relief, surgery may be recommended
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