Estrogen is essential to female bone health because it works the osteoblasts, which are cells that produce bone. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, the osteoblasts are no longer able to produce enough bone.

This problem can be addressed with estrogen replacement. The best time to start is in the early stages of menopause – so when you haven’t had your period for close to a year. And you can continue taking it for ten years or longer.

But even more important is that bone strength and function begins with retaining muscle. We need movement that pushes and pulls muscles in order to strengthen the bones. The best movement is low intensity that develops balance, flexibility, strength and aerobic capacity. 

You know, the oddest thing is, it’s women in countries that drink a lot of milk that seem to be having more osteoporosis. I know right? We think about drinking milk to get calcium to strengthen bones. But that’s not how it works. Cow’s milk (or goat or sheep) is not formulated for humans, and thereby makes up an incomplete source of nourishment. To complete the calcium palette, the missing elements of calcium are leeched from our bones. Wow!

Norway has the highest level of osteoporosis, and China has the lowest. And these numbers coincide with high and low levels of dairy consumption. The United States is somewhere in the middle.

Since we already are cautious about dairy because of the link to inflammation, the link with osteoporosis is another mark against including dairy in our diet.

What about you? Do you have a story about osteoporosis?

#aginggracefully #wellness #menopausesymptoms #osteoporosis

As we age, there is an increasing risk of bones hollowing out and developing osteoporosis. If you’ve had a bone scan, then you’ll know about this condition. After age 40, we start to lose bone density as a natural part of aging. 

The reason women get osteoporosis more than men is because of the rapid drop in estrogen.