“I believe I am one hot flash away from spontaneous human combustion!”
We hear a wide range of descriptions (some humorous!) from women about their most obvious symptoms of menopause — hot flashes, irritability, weight gain and lack of sex drive.
Less noticeable, but no less troubling is the possibility of losing excessive bone at this time of life. Research shows that many women who have a difficult menopausal transition — including hot flashes — are more likely to suffer greater bone loss during this transition.
And for almost all women, most bone mass is often lost during the first few years before the last period than in the first few years after the last period.
Fortunately, many of the natural strategies used to reduce bone loss will also help reduce other distressing menopause symptoms. You can learn more about them in my new video “Tips for Building Bone Health during Perimenopause” and through my Personal Program for Better Bones:
Crandall, C et al. 2009. Presence of vasomotor symptoms is associated with lower bone mineral density: A longitudinal analysis. Menopause, 16(2).
Crandall, C et al. 2010. Association of menopausal vessel motor symptoms increased bone turnover during the menopause transition. J. Bone Min. Res., published online September 27.
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