Osteoporosis is a major concern for seniors; over 50% of women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. Post-menopausal women are particularly prone to the disease, and factors such as race can further put you at risk. The best way to prevent fractures is to prevent osteoporosis from happening in the first place.
At the Women's Center at Life Point Medical in Clayton, Georgia, Monique Petteys, FNP-C delivers whole-woman wellness services, including guidance on lifestyle modifications to help you stay strong and healthy as you age and hormone replacement therapy to stave off osteoporosis.
7 ways to maintain bone strength
It takes more than a glass of milk to maintain your bones. As you get older, it’s important to establish good habits to preserve your health. You can strengthen your bones by:
- Routine strength training, even simple exercises like lifting weights once a day
- Eating a healthy diet, especially foods rich in vitamin C
- Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements, under our guidance
- Reducing or eliminating bad habits, such as smoking and drinking
- Doing weight-bearing exercises, including sports, dancing, and aerobics
- Limiting sugar intake, since large amounts cause the body to flush vital nutrients
- Considering hormone replacement therapy, especially if you’re post-menopausal
How hormone replacement therapy can help
Menopause is commonly associated with changes in hormones, sex drive, and mood. However, it also has a massive bearing on your bone strength. Osteoporosis is most common among older women, likely due to its link to menopause.
The lack of estrogen caused by menopause can lead to bone loss, which eventually develops into osteoporosis. This causes your bones to become extremely porous and prone to fractures. Osteoporosis is a silent disease, which means many people do not realize they have it until they experience a fracture.
For many, these fractures can lead to the end of their independence. About 66% of elderly women who experience a hip fracture are unable to return to normal movement and function, and most of these injuries are caused directly or indirectly by osteoporosis.
Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce the bone loss caused by menopause by supplying your body with supplemental estrogen. Combined with a healthy diet, vitamins, and exercise routine, you can stay active and independent well after menopause.
To learn more, schedule a consultation with the team at The Women’s Center. You can book a visit by calling 706-250-7306, or request an appointment online.