Hormone Replacement Therapy for Osteoporosis in Arnold, MD
Osteoporosis, which means "porous bones," is a disease that causes the weakening of bones, leading to lower bone density and diminished bone strength. When osteoporosis occurs, bones may become so brittle and weak that mild strains on your bones caused by such simple acts as bending or coughing can cause a fracture.
While osteoporosis is typically associated with aging, as your bone mass reduces as you age, it can also be caused by hormonal imbalance. In women, there is a direct correlation between menopause and the development of osteoporosis due to sudden and oftentimes severe drops in estrogen levels. In fact, women over the age of 50 are at the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis due to the drop in hormone levels and absence of menstrual periods. Men are also at risk of developing osteoporosis due to a drop in testosterone which commonly occurs as they age and andropause ensues or from medication use such as glucocorticoids.
Even though menopause and andropause are inevitable conditions faced by aging men and women, developing osteoporosis can be avoided. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective natural therapy to help prevent the onset of osteoporosis or slow its progression.
To schedule a consultation with a hormone specialist in Arnold that can help you preserve your bone health with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
Many men and women do not experience osteoporosis symptoms until the disease has progressed to a severe state and they suffer a bone fracture. Some symptoms of osteoporosis include:
- Height loss
- Back pain
- Bone fracture, which begin to occur more frequently and/or easily
- Arched posture
- Reduced strength
If you are suffering from osteoporosis you may see one or all of these signs. If you have a family history of osteoporosis or are over the age of 50, it is important to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Bone Health
If you are experience osteoporosis as a result of a hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help combat the drop in estrogen or testosterone and your osteoporosis symptoms, as well and help to prevent and slow bone mass loss.
In contrast to synthetic hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for bone health uses hormones that are chemically identical to those your body produces naturally. If you are experiencing osteoporosis-related symptoms or your healthcare provider has identified lower levels of estrogen or testosterone, BHRT may be recommended. Bioidentical hormones can be administered via:
- Topical creams
The frequency of your hormone replacement sessions will be dependent upon the administration technique you and your healthcare provider elect. Your healthcare provider will continually monitor and test your estrogen or testosterone levels to ensure healthy levels are maintained. For women, a combination of estrogen and progesterone will likely be recommended to prevent the growth of the uterine lining.
Lifestyle Changes for Osteoporosis
In addition to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it is important to continually make healthy lifestyle choices which can strengthen bone health and your overall wellness. Together with your healthcare provider, you will devise a plan which may include:
- Diet changes
- Increased physical activity
- Smoking cessation
- Limited alcohol consumption
- Dietary supplements like vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and strontium
Schedule a consultation with a BHRT practitioner in Arnold that specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for osteoporosis! Call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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