20 September 2017

Menopause Phases - Osteoporosis Issues

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of sudden bone fractures. Osteoporosis means porous bone, and it results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. The disease often progresses without any symptoms or pain.Osteoporosis and Senior Women

Generally, osteoporosis is not discovered until weakened bones cause painful bone fractures usually in the back (causing chronic back pain) or hips. Unfortunately, once you have an osteoporotic fracture, you are at high risk of having another. These fractures can be debilitating. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. Treatments can also slow the rate of bone loss if you have osteoporosis.

What are the causes of Osteoporosis?

Though we do not know the exact cause of osteoporosis, we do know how the disease develops. Your bones are made of living, growing tissue. An outer shell of  dense bone encases the sponge-like bone. When a bone is weakened by osteoporosis, the holes in the spongey part of the bone grow larger and more numerous, weakening the internal structure of the bone.

Until about 30, a person normally builds more bone than he or she loses. After about 35, bone breakdown outpaces bone buildup, resulting in a gradual loss of bone mass. Once this loss of bone reaches a certain point, a person has osteoporosis.

How is Menopause related to Osteoporosis?

There is a direct relationship between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis. After menopause, bone reabsorption (breakdown) outpaces the building of new bone. Early menopause (before age 45) and any prolonged periods in which hormone levels are low and menstrual periods are absent or infrequent ( such as menopause) can cause loss of bone mass.

Quick facts about Osteoporosis

Women over the age of 50 (menopause and post menopause) are four times as likely to have the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. Women’s lighter, thinner bones and longer life spans account for some of the reasons why they are at high risk for osteoporosis. Research has shown that Caucasian and Asian women are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Petite and thin women have a greater risk of developing osteoporosis because they have less bone to lose than women with more body weight and larger frames. Heredity is one of the most important risk factors for osteoporosis. If your parents or grandparents have had any signs of osteoporosis, such as a fractured hip after a minor fall, you may be at greater risk of developing the disease.

For further information please contact Dr. Joanne Hinson at 801-364-4030. Dr. Hinson has worked with women from all over Utah and neighboring states. Same day and next day appointments are available.


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