Menopause FAQs: Menopause Osteoporosis is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about osteoporosis, risk, prevention and bone health.

What is osteoporosis?

Depending on the Source the definition of osteoporosis may vary. In What Is Osteoporosis? the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) definition is:

“Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced”.

Is osteoporosis the same as osteoarthritis?

In Osteoporosis and Arthritis: Two Common But Different Conditions – Arthritis the (United States National Institutes of Health) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases’ NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center explain:

“Although osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are two very different medical conditions with little in common, the similarity of their names causes great confusion. These conditions develop differently, have different symptoms, are diagnosed differently, and are treated differently”.

Is osteoporosis common?

In the Osteoporosis the IOF note:

Menopause FAQs: Osteoporosis

“It’s estimated over 200 million women have osteoporosis. That’s more than the combined populations of the Germany, the United Kingdom and France”.

Is there an association between being female and the risk of developing osteoporosis?

In What Women Need To Know the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) note:

“Being female puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. Here are some facts:

  • Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women
  • Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis
  • A woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer”.

Is there an association between menopause and the risk of developing osteoporosis?

In Risk Factors: More Information on Risk Factors Osteoporosis Australia explain:

“Women are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid decline in oestrogen levels during menopause. When oestrogen levels decrease, bones lose calcium and other minerals at a much faster rate. As a result a bone loss of approximately 2% per year occurs for several years after menopause”.

What other factors may increase the risk of osteoporosis?

In Health After Menopause: Bone Health & Osteoporosis the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health also note:

“Smoking, lack of exercise, alcohol and high caffeine intake (5-6 cups of coffee or caffeinated soft drinks per day) can increase the risk of osteoporosis”.

What can we do to protect our bones?

In Prevention and Healthy Living the NOF elaborate on:

“What Can You Do To Protect Your Bones?

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D and eat a well balanced diet
  • Engage in regular exercise
  • Eat foods that are good for bone health, such as fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day”.

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: OsteoporosisIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Your Health After Menopause where the NAMS explain:

“You’ve gone more than a year without a period and are considered to be postmenopausal. In these years, women may begin to feel the effects of normal aging but also still may be affected by the hormone changes that came with menopause. Our experts answer your questions and will help you to figure out whether the physical changes you are experiencing are normal and suggest coping strategies”.

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Last Updated: 01 May 2021 – Last Revised: 15 April 2019
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