Protecting Women's Bones - Prevention and Care for Osteoporosis
Protecting Women's Bones - Prevention and Care for Osteoporosis
Dr Phattheera Chauvachata (Dr Aye)
Dr Phattheera Chauvachata (Dr Aye)
General Practitioner

In the intricate world of medical care, where every decision can have profound consequences, the often-overlooked field of bone health in women, especially around and after the transition period, demands focused attention and care. It is imperative to shed light on osteoporosis and bone density challenges, conditions that significantly affect women's health during their later years.

Bone health is fundamental to our overall well-being, yet it often remains overlooked until significant complications arise. Osteoporosis, defined by weakened bones prone to fractures, poses a significant risk to women, especially as they undergo menopausal changes. This period marks a decrease in estrogen, a hormone crucial for maintaining bone density, thereby heightening the risk of developing osteoporosis.

HealthDeliver offers the convenience of conducting estrogen level tests in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Our professional nurses visit you to perform blood tests at a time and place that fits your schedule. Following this, we arrange a video call to discuss your test results and potential solutions at a time that suits you best.

The impact of compromised bone health goes beyond the immediate physical risks, potentially affecting an individual's independence and quality of life due to the heightened fracture risk and the lengthy recovery that often follows. Hence, a proactive approach to bone health is not merely about preventing conditions but about ensuring a sustained quality of life.

Preventative strategies are key in maintaining bone health, the following measures become increasingly important for women approaching or experiencing menopause:

  • Eat more vegetables, protein and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc
  • Incorporate supplements where vitamins and minerals are not adequate for bone density (eg. magnesium, vitamin D, zinc and vitamin K)
  • Engage in regular engagement in weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol consumption
  • Review your medications with your healthcare professional as some may decrease the amount of calcium absorbed by your body

Bone density screening, such as DEXA scans, is advised for women at higher risk, offering valuable insights into bone health and facilitating timely interventions. When treatment is necessary, options may include lifestyle modifications, dietary supplements, and specific medications aimed at reducing bone loss or enhancing bone formation.

In summary, bone health, especially concerning osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, requires dedicated care and prevention strategies. As healthcare professionals at HealthDeliver, our mission extends beyond treatment to encompass awareness, prevention, and empowerment, ensuring every woman is equipped to maintain her health and vitality through every life stage.