October 31, 2014
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Menopause and your bone health

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and brittle, which raises the risk of fractures. The risk of osteoporosis increases greatly after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen, which helps maintain healthy bones. To reduce your risk of bone loss and fractures, try the following:

  • Eat plenty of foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, and consider taking calcium and vitamin D supplements (menopausal women need 1,200 mg of calcium and 800-1,000 units of vitamin D each day).
  • Get at least 20 to 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise (such as walking, jogging, or weight training) each day.
  • Ask your doctor whether you should be screened for osteoporosis.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you need a medication to prevent or treat osteoporosis.

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