With aging often comes bone loss, and with bone loss comes an increase in the risk of fractures. Of course, you want to avoid fractures at all costs. Menopausal women are at the greatest risk of bone loss because their ovaries are no longer producing estrogen, which aids bone health.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help support bone health in addition to alleviating many other menopausal symptoms. If you are suffering from symptoms of bone loss in Manhattan, hormone replacement therapy for bone loss may be the right choice for you to restore your health and live a healthier life.
Bones grow constantly throughout life. When the amount of new bone created is not equal to the amount of bone lost, osteoporosis occurs, resulting in brittle and weak bones that break easily.
When a person suffers from osteoporosis, they may break a bone from a fall, but they may just as easily experience a fracture if they cough too hard or bend over. Most often, these fractures occur in the hip, spine, or wrist, although any bone is vulnerable.
While anyone may develop osteoporosis, Caucasian and Asian women are the most likely to be impacted, as are people with a family history of the disease. The smaller an adult’s body frame, the greater the chances of developing osteoporosis, since there is less bone mass in general. Although menopause is a risk factor for bone loss, those who have undergone long-term steroid therapy are also at increased risk.
Unfortunately, a fracture is often the first symptom of bone loss. Sometimes, a vertebra collapses and serious back pain ensues, with X-rays revealing the fracture. Bone loss can also result in a loss of height over time or the development of the stooped posture known colloquially as “dowager’s hump.” Because of the stealthy nature of bone loss and the severe potential consequences, preventing bone loss through the use of hormone replacement therapy is often a wise decision.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, various studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy reduces the recipient’s risk of bone loss by between 20 and 35 percent. When women stop receiving hormone replacement therapy, this anti-fracture efficacy is soon lost.
Some women in Manhattan may be reluctant to use hormone replacement therapy for bone loss because they have heard that estrogen replacement therapy increases the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. That is true of standard estrogen replacement therapy, where the hormones are “conjugated equine estrogens” derived from a pregnant mare’s urine.
However, that is not the case with bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plant sources such as wild yam and soy. The body recognizes bioidentical hormones as having the same molecular structure as the hormones created by the woman’s own body.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for bone loss is available in several forms for patients in Manhattan, including injections, tablets, intradermal pellets, creams, and gels. The doctor could discuss the best form for each patient and then order custom-tailored hormones to be created in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. The doctor may also recommend a diet and exercise program that can aid in bone loss prevention and strengthen bones.
If you are suffering from osteoporosis or want to prevent bone loss, you may need the services of a doctor experienced with Manhattan hormone replacement therapy for bone loss. Call Dr. Edward Jacobson today to schedule an initial consultation.