After menopause, bones lose mass and density more
rapidly than before menopause. Postmenopausal women are more likely to
experience broken bones, such as hip fractures and compression fractures of the
spinal bones. Women who have osteoporosis lose height because of bone loss.1
If you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis you know you need to lots of
vital nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D. Turns out breakfast may be the
best time to give your bone health a lift. Most of the foods and beverages now
fortified with calcium are start-your-day kinds of tastes: Orange juice. Milk.
Sure, the USDA puts baked herring at the top of the list of calcium-rich
food. But who knows a good recipe for that? And instant chocolate pudding is
pretty high on the list -- but...
Discuss your long-term risk of osteoporosis with your doctor. Other
medicines are available to prevent or treat osteoporosis related to
Speroff L, Fritz MA (2005). Menopause and the
perimenopausal transition. In Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility, 7th ed., pp. 621-688. Philadelphia:
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
North American Menopause Society (2010). Estrogen and
progestogen use in postmenopausal women: 2010 position statement of the
North American Menopause Society. Menopause, 17(2):
242-255. Also available online: http://www.menopause.org/PSht10.pdf.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
May 4, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 04, 2010
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