Once menopause begins, your ovaries stop producing estrogen, which is essential for maintaining strong bones.
Women can lose up to 10 percent of bone mass within five years of menopause.
Brittle bones can have a big impact on your health and quality of life as you age.
Early diagnosis is important for preventing osteoporosis. To help keep bones strong, have your bone density measured to assess fracture risk. We recommend women get a baseline scan at age 50. Postmenopausal women and those with a family history of osteoporosis should get regular scans to detect weakening bones as early as possible.
Take calcium and vitamin D supplements and try to eat a diet containing these nutrients. Train with weights two to three times a week for at least 30 minutes each session, and engage in weight-bearing exercises such as walking or jogging.
To discuss your bone density with one of our specialist at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.