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The Impact Hormones Have On Bone Health

Have you ever wondered why aches & pains as you age are so common? Your bone health plays a huge role in mobility, organ protection & storing nutrients and minerals. For menopausal women (and men who are losing testosterone) the loss of estrogen can lead to osteoporosis or weakened bones due to lower bone density levels. Let's take a deeper look into how your hormones can directly affect your bone health.

How are they connected?

Hormones are complex, bone health is complex. The intricate network of hormones regulating your body functions impacts your bone health and vice versa! Too much or too little hormones can cause weakened bones that are more likely to break/ache. For example, estrogen affects bone health by helping with calcium metabolism (the process by which calcium enters cells). Women with too little estrogen may experience osteoporosis later in life due to this imbalance. When hormones fluctuate due to illness, aging, or stress it can throw off our ability to absorb nutrients properly which could mean bone health problems down the road. We took a look at estrogen but what other hormones play an important role in your bone health? Let's explore!

Testosterone & bone health.

Testosterone is important for bone health. Testosterone levels are lower in women than men, and this may contribute to a greater risk of osteoporosis. While testosterone has many functions, it plays a key role in the development of bones during puberty and adolescence. It helps regulate growth hormone, which stimulates bone formation. Testosterone also regulates certain enzymes that play an important role in repairing damaged bones after injury or fracture (resorption). In addition, this hormone maintains bone density throughout life by boosting the production of specialized cells that build up strong bones & inhibiting activity of cells that break down bone tissue.

Calcitonin & bone health.

Calcitonin is a hormone that helps regulate calcium levels by suppressing the absorption of calcium from the intestine. It is produced by the thyroid gland, and its levels are high during childhood but decline with age. Calcitonin levels increase during pregnancy to help prevent excessive bone loss.

Parathyroid hormone & bone health.

The hormone Parathyroid is produced by the parathyroid gland located in your neck. Parathyroid regulates the amount of calcium in your blood, and works with vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium from food.

Hormones & menopause.

Menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive life. The ovaries gradually stop producing estrogen and progesterone, which can have significant effects on the body.

Menopausal women are at higher risk for osteoporosis & bone loss due to reduced estrogen levels after menopause; however, there are steps you can take now to lower this risk:

  • Get screened for osteoporosis by age 65 (and sooner if you're at high risk).

  • Eat well-balanced meals rich in calcium and vitamin D every day to build strong bones for life!

A variety of hormones affect the body's ability to absorb calcium from your diet, which means these hormones are important for keeping bones strong.

Taking action!

It's important to stay on top of your hormone health by getting regular bloodwork done and keeping your levels optimized with Bio-Identical Hormone optimization. However, many factors affect bone health, including diet, exercise & genetics. By understanding how various hormones & lifestyle choices impact your bones you can take steps toward maintaining strong bones into old age!

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