Menopause puts women at risk for bone breakdown

Estrogen is necessary to prevent bone loss. When women go into menopause, their ovaries stop producing the hormone. But bone specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that estrogen replacement therapy is not the treatment of choice for osteoporosis, and caution women to check with their physician first.

On average, women lose up to 10 percent of their bone mass in the first five years after menopause. A woman may not know that she has osteoporosis until weakened bones cause painful fractures, usually in the back or hips.

Experts at UT Southwestern’s Mineral Metabolism Clinic suggest the following tips to keep bones strong:

• Have bone mineral density measured to assess the degree of bone mineral loss and fracture risk.

• Take calcium and vitamin D.

• Train with weights two to three times a week, for 30 minutes each time.

• Engage in weight-bearing activities such as brisk walking or jogging.

For more information call 214-645-2870 or visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/osteoporosis to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services for osteoporosis and kidney stones.

Media Contact: Robin Russell

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