Women face an increased risk of osteoporosis following menopause. This is because oestrogen plays a vital role in bone health, helping to stimulate bone building cells which keep our bones strong, flexible and healthy. But when levels of this hormone drop naturally at menopause, the body’s ability to form strong bone tissue falls too.
As a result, osteoporosis prevention is imperative for women during perimenopause and menopause as bone mass starts depleting sharply.
HRT doesn’t help your bones long-term
While HRT may help bones while you’ve taking this medication, it doesn’t offer long term protection to the bones and should not be prescribed as a first line defence against osteopenia or osteoporosis.
HRT works by replacing oestrogen that the body stops producing at menopause so it can be argued that HRT can support bones whilst it’s being taken. However¹,studies show that once HRT is stopped, normally around the age of 60, the benefits to the bones are lost very quickly (as much as 5% bone mineral density in the first 12 months of stopping HRT) which can seriously increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone thinning diseases. Thus, additional lifestyle measures should be taken to improve bone strength and flexibility.
HRT not for everyone
Also, let’s face it, HRT is not suitable for everyone with women over the age of 60 and people who have had cancer treatment not advised to take it. Not to mention women who don’t want to take a synthetic hormone and would prefer to find natural support for the body and bones at this stage of their life.
If that sounds like you, read on, because bioactive collagen peptides are one of the few 100% natural options for bone health that is clinically approved for the dietary management of low bone mineral density, osteopenia and osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to weaken, making them fragile and more susceptible to breaks. Osteoporosis develops slowly and silently, without pain or warning signs – often an osteoporosis diagnosis follows a break of a bone. After osteoporosis has developed in the bones, symptoms may include:
- Severe back pain resulting from a fracture or collapsed vertebrae
- Stooped or hunched posture
- Loss of height due to vertebrae collapsing or compressing
- Bones that break easily
What causes osteoporosis?
Every day our body builds and breaks down bone. However, when the breaking down of bone exceeds the building activity, they become weaker and the risk of bone fractures and long-term mobility impairment increases, leading to thinning bones and conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
How can I reduce the risk of osteoporosis?
In order to help keep bones strong as we age, modifiable risk factors should be addressed such as diet, nutrition, exercise and recreation, alongside supplementation as a first line therapy for additional support and protection. This is of particular importance if HRT is not being taken and is also advised to take at least 12 months before stopping your HRT to build up your bone mass in readiness for the post-HRT decline.
bonebalance™ is a 100% natural Food for Special Medical Purpose (FSMP) supplement, approved for the dietary management of osteoporosis and osteopenia, formulated to help build strong, flexible bones.
bonebalance™ has been optimized to be highly absorbed into bone tissue where it can help to stimulate the body’s bone building cells. Its bioactive collagen peptides have demonstrated in independent studies to start to work within six days (shown by the markers alkaline phosphatase, decorin and elastin all rising significantly after this time).
Easy to take, bonebalance is presented as a flavourless powder that you simply dissolve in a hot or cold drink. It’s an easy and accessible way to help to build strong, flexible bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Does bonebalance help osteoporosis?
bonebalance is suitable for anyone who is at risk of having poor bone health including post-menopausal women, people with osteopenia and those with an osteoporosis diagnosis. It’s never too late to start looking after the health of your bones or making a difference with careful supplementation. So even if you’ve been on HRT for many years and are now ageing gracefully into your 70s and 80s, bonebalance can help boost your bone tissue. It has no side-effects or contraindications and can be safely taken as a preventative measure by anyone living with or at risk of developing brittle bones.
John Yates, MD, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists