Category - osteoporosis

8
Jul

Protecting Your Bone Health in Menopause – Sometimes More Isn’t Better

Why should you test your bone health? If you’re a healthy 50 years old woman, your risk of dying from a complication of osteoporosis or thinning of the bones is just as great as your risk of dying from breast cancer. That’s why if you are a 50 year old woman, or even younger if …

21
Jan

Premature Menopause Increases Emotional and Physical Symptoms

Menopause symptoms are no fun. Some of the symptoms are physical, like hot flashes. Others are emotional, like mood swings. Yet others are sexual, like vaginal dryness or decreased sex drive. Would these symptoms be different for women who go through menopause at an earlier age compared with women who go through menopause later in …

7
Apr

Perimenopause Osteoporosis – Are You At Risk?

If you are woman in her 30s or 40s, you’re probably not thinking of menopause. And if you’re not thinking of menopause, perimenopause and osteoporosis or bone loss is something that is probably not on your radar. But since 5-10% of women enter menopause before age 45, and because the symptoms, including bone loss, may …

19
May

7 Common Meds That Increase Your Risk of Breaking a Bone

Do you know how strong your bones are? Most people don’t…unless you’ve had a bone density. That’s a type of x-ray called DEXA that compares the density of your bones to a know population of women so you know if your bones are strong, or are losing calcium at a rate that increases your risk …

28
Nov

Important Facts about Falling and How To Prevent Falls

It’s winter and that means slippery ice on the ground in many parts of the country… So it’s time to think about how to prevent falls more often than usual. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. …

22
Aug

Solar Eclipse and Bone Health

Wasn’t the solar eclipse amazing? Once in our lifetime the USA could see the moon came between the earth and the sun… and slowly the sun (or part of it depending on where you stood) disappeared. You might not have known about the solar eclipse if it weren’t for the news. And you learned that …

22
Aug

The Estrogen Fix and Your Bones

Most people don’t think about their bones much until they break or ache. Unlike our teeth, our bones are buried beneath our skin, muscles, and fat. Like so many other parts of a woman’s body, bones have a close relationship with estrogen and have an estrogen window.   The bones are where the body stores …

13
Jul

Glucosamine, Exercise and Menopause Symptoms

Are you suffering from arthritis? Worried about diabetes? In or around menopause? The June issue of Menopause had new information about glucosamine, a common over-the-counter supplement.   First of all, arthritis and arthritic pain is extremely common. It affects over 40 million people in the United States and over 350 million people worldwide. Most people …

15
May

How to Escape Hot Flash Hell

Are hot flashes waking you up at night? Are they embarrassing you at work in front of coworkers? Do they cause you anxiety, distress or loss of focus? You are not alone! Hot flashes are the second most common symptom of menopause (after irregular bleeding). They are caused when your body wants to let off …

23
May

Get the Facts on FRAX

Fact: More than half of all bone fractures are in people with osteopenia rather than osteoporosis. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and the perfect time to bone up on your potential fracture risk.   If you haven’t heard of FRAX, it stands for Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. It was developed by the …

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