Of all the potential symptoms of the menopause, osteoporosis is probably one of the most debilitating. Women with this condition suffer from weakened bones, which can cause sudden and unexpected fractures. Osteoporosis remains a difficulty condition to detect early, as usually the first warning signs come with actual breakages, by which point much of the potential damage has already been done.
Most women will create more bone mass than they need up until they are in their mid 30′s. Once a woman reaches her mid 30′s, the condition of bones will decline faster than they can be repaired, thus causing a gradual decline in bone mass. Once this loss of bone mass reaches a certain level, it is said that the person is suffering from osteoporosis.
The menopause and osteoporosis share a common link – oestrogen.
Oestrogen has many physiological effects on the female body, especially in the bone structure. As a women approaches the menopause, oestrogen levels will gradually decline, thus causing the body to have less of this important hormonal resource to spread around. This causes a deficiency to occur, and this commonly manifests in the skeletal structure of the female body and eventually leads to osteoporosis.
Most Western practitioners will recommend a variety of courses and techniques to halt, prevent or even reverse osteoporosis. Increasing calcium intake through your diet is very helpful, making sure you consume the recommended daily intake of 1,200 mg. To aid calcium intake, try to increase your exposure to Vitamin D, as the body uses D to absorb calcium. Vitamin D can be obtained by eating eggs, fatty fish and cereals. A regular exercise program can also be effective a strengthening bone tissue, but can often be problematic if the osteoporosis is at an advanced stage.
For those already suffering from advanced osteoporosis, your doctor may well recommend HRT. This will help with the oestrogen deficiency, but can also produce many risks of its own. Those who have previously suffered from breast cancer should not partake in HRT as it increases the risk of a relapse. For those not willing to risk further medical concerns by pursuing HRT, what other viable alternatives are available?
Herbal remedies such as Curcuma Comosa have been scientifically proven to balance hormone levels and provide boosts for menopausal women looking to replenish their oestrogen levels. Thanks to its 100% natural state, Curcuma Comosa also has none of the negative side effects associated with HRT, and can also be used to combat hot flashes, vaginal dryness and fatigue.