How Menopause Affects the Bones and Heart

Post Menopause Health Problems Affecting the Bones and Heart

At least two common health problems can begin or become worse during menopause. Some women are unaware that these problems are happening.
 
Osteoporosis
Day in and day out, your body is busy breaking down old bone and replacing it with new, healthy bone. The hormone estrogen helps control bone loss, so a woman's decreasing levels of estrogen around the time of menopause causes her to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily. This condition is called osteoporosis.
 
You can talk to your doctor to see if you should have a bone density test. This test shows whether you are at risk for osteoporosis. Your doctor can also suggest ways to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
 
Heart Disease
Women are more likely to develop heart disease after menopause. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause -- but so is getting older. As you age, you may develop other problems, such as high blood pressure or weight gain, that put you at greater risk for heart disease. Be sure to have the following things checked on a regular basis:
 
Talk to your healthcare provider to find out what you can do to help protect your heart.
 
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