17 October 2017

Osteoporosis and Women in Menopause

Dr Joanne Hinson, GYN, specializing in the treatment of women experiencing problematic menopause, which includes the possibility of OsteoporosisDr Hinson checks all her patients for osteoporosis once they've enter menopause. In order to do this, she will perform a bone density scan, which measures the amount of minerals in your bones. This determines whether or not you are entering the stages of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is known as the disease that weakens bones, increasing the risk of unexpected fractures. Literally meaning "porous bone," osteoporosis results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength, known also as the "silent disease". Osteoporosis often progresses without any symptoms or pain. 

Women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen, a female hormone that helps to maintain bone mass. Fortunately, preventive treatments are available that can help to maintain or increase bone density.
For those already affected by osteoporosis, prompt diagnosis of bone loss and assessment of fracture risk are essential because therapies are available that can slow further loss of bone or increase bone density. There are steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis from ever occurring. And treatments can slow the rate of bone loss if you already have osteoporosis.

Treatment of Osteoporosis and Menopause

There is a direct relationship between the lack of estrogen during perimenopause and menopause and the development of osteoporosis. Early menopause (before age 40) and any prolonged periods in which hormone levels are low and menstrual periods are absent or infrequent can cause loss of bone mass.

Menopause can wreak havoc on your bones. During menopause, estrogen levels in your body drop rapidly. Unfortunately, it seems that estrogen plays an important role in bone health. Estrogen keeps the osteoclasts in check, allowing the osteoblasts to build more bone.

Unless the estrogen that you lose is being replaced, your bones can become thin and brittle quite rapidly. For some women taking estrogen is not an option.  There are many other alternative methods for treating osteoprosis. If you have experienced the "change of life" (menopause) Call Dr Hinson today and set an appointment for assessment and/or relief.

Why Choose Dr. Hinson

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

More About Dr. Hinson

For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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