Estrogen contributes to the function of many organs. bone health and a healthy heart. Therefore, the declining levels of hormones may pose certain health dangers. Here are some of the health risks you may face and the preventive measures you can take to minimize them:

Osteoporosis
Bones are actually made up of healthy living tissues. Bone is broken down and renewed constantly throughout your life, this process is known as bone turnover. Once a person reaches his or her 30s, the bone breakdown may be higher than the bone production. This means that more bone tissues are broken down than formed which will eventually cause the bone to decrease in strength.

During menopause, women are found to be more vulnerable to experiencing osteoporosis due to the significant drop in estrogen level. The loss of estrogen speeds up the rate of bone loss resulting in the loss of bone density. Osteoporosis causes the bone to be brittle and so fragile that it can break or crumble without any inflicted trauma. The hip, spine and wrist are amongst the areas that are often affected by osteoporosis. Although the bones have weakened and prone to fractures, there may not be any warning sign and the individual may not experience any discomfort. Those who suffer from osteoporosis are often unaware of the situation until they experience a fracture.

As women are more susceptible to osteoporosis, there is a need to take precautionary measures to guard against bone loss. These are some ways to minimize risks:

Maintain A Healthy Diet
Eating healthily can lessen the likelihood of osteoporosis. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink more water. Increase your calcium intake to about 1000 to 1500 mg per day to help build and maintain healthy bones.

Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise will help to increase bone mass and promote bone growth. Include weight bearing and resistive exercises in your daily activities to improve flexibility and coordination. Weight bearing exercises are those in which the bones and muscles work against gravity; such as jogging, walking, stair-climbing and dancing. Resistive exercises such as weight lifting involves muscular strength to improve muscle mass and strengthen bone.

Drink Less Alcohol
High alcohol consumption has been linked to poor absorption of calcium. It also interferes with the liverís ability to use vitamin D.


Heart Disease
The loss of estrogen seems to have a negative effect on womenís circulatory systems thus stepping up the risk of heart disease. You can reduce the risks by making these simple lifestyle changes:
Stop Smoking
Smoking increases the possibility of blood clot formation, irregular heart beat and coronary spasms. It also affects the lining of the arteries, causing them to narrow as cholesterol increases.

Maintain Optimal Weight
Being overweight can increase your risks of heart disease. Regular exercise and a healthy diet will help maintain an ideal body weight.

Diabetes Check
An individual is twice as likely to contract heart disease if you have a diabetic condition. Thus it is important to monitor oneís blood glucose levels and maintain an ideal body weight.

Stress Control
Stress is very unhealthy for the body. Keep stress levels low through relaxation techniques and hobbies.


Other Complications
The loss of protective estrogen can also lead to other complications. With more fatty deposits in the arteries, the threat of stroke arises. Women also tend to gain weight as body-fat distribution and metabolism rate changes. With age, a person succumbs more easily to certain conditions. These conditions include diabetes, joint problems, and some cancers. Therefore, it is important for women to take extra care of their well-being during menopause.
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