As I am moving faster through my forties than I ever thought I would, I do have some concerns over my continued bone health. Fortunately, I have always been in great health, inside and out, and I have never had any issues with my bones -- except for that one kick-boxing incident that we can just push to the side for now! I eat as healthy as I can and I try to exercise a minimum of two hours a day. I have done this since I was 11 years old, long before I realized the healthy habits I was putting into practice, and I believe they have served me well over the years.
At this stage in my life, I have yet to experience any tell-tale signs of menopause, and, quite frankly, I hope I can just skate right through it when the time does come. However, menopause is a fact of life for women, and, if we are not careful, we can compromise our bone health if we do not put theory into practice and begin to do those things that can assist with optimal bone health. Besides, if you are anything like me, you still plan to run those half-marathons when you are 90, right? It may take more time than it used to, but you still plan to be at the starting line and the finish line, hopefully in the same day, if not the same week, correct?
So, in honor of our glorious bodies and the impending transition, here are a few tips you can employ to give your bones an edge during the menopause transition period.
Did you know that peak bone mass is reached around age 29? From that point on, we begin to lose bone density. For many women, the time of menopause can greatly accelerate the loss of bone density. The medical community used to blame estrogen for this condition, but that is only a small factor. There truly is no one single cause that contributes to the breakdown of bones during menopause. Many factors come into play.
There is an upside, however! The increased velocity at which our bones lose their density tends to slow down within five to seven years after our last menstrual period. Therefore, it is important to look at the few years before and the few years after your last period. This is the time to really make it a point to be faithful to the following guidelines.