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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How does menopause affect bone loss?

    I am approaching menopause and I have heard my friends talking about bone loss and the risk of osteoporosis. Why is this a concern during menopause?
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Menopause marks a loss of estrogen production in a woman. Estrogen plays an important role in helping to maintain bone by stopping the enzyme that destroys the bone building cells (osteoblasts).

    Bone loss over time leads to osteoporosis, but there are a few things that you can do to help slow down this process. Regular physical activity (weight training) and making sure you're getting the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet are two lifestyle factors that can help prevent bone loss.

    You may even consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) but should discuss this option with your doctor first. A visit to an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help make sure your diet is adequate in calcium and vitamin D, and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) can help you sort out an exercise regime. Go to www.daa.asn.au to find an APD in your area and www.essa.org.au for an AEP.

    I hope this answers your question :)

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