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How Hormone Replacement Therapy helps Osteoporosis

Jan 13, 2016 12:58:21 PM / by staff

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may help put an end to the chronic aches and pains of osteoporosis.

As you grow older, there are several health concerns that your body becomes more at risk of developing. One of these health concerns is osteoporosis, a disease of the bones that can result in severe aches and pain, especially through the hips, spine and wrists. Luckily, anti-aging therapy is available to reduce the severity and associated risks of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis develops when bones start to lose calcium the component that gives your bones strength and rigidity. When this happens, the bones become weak and brittle, often breaking with moderate pressure. In severe cases, osteoporosis can cause bones to break as a result of something as minor as a sneeze. Larger risks, like falling or other injury, can result in severe breaks.

Understanding Osteoporosis

If you were to take a healthy bone and put it under a microscope, it wouldn’t look like one solid piece of stone. Bones are designed like a honeycomb from a bee hive. There are a lot of intersecting parts that hold together the materials that make up the bone, including calcium and other nutrients. In a healthy bone, the spaces between the honeycombs is tiny. When osteoporosis develops, those gaps grow wider. The result is a severe reduction in bone density, which is why bones become so fragile and brittle, making it easier to break a bone with even a minor impact.

Sometimes called low bone-density or low bone-mass, osteoporosis is common. In the United States, an estimated 54 million Americans have the disease. Most who have osteoporosis are over the age of 50. In fact, it is estimated that one in every two women and one in every four men over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.

Hormone Replacement for Osteoporosis

The reason that osteoporosis typically develops with age is due to the impact that hormone decline has on bone density. Bone loss occurs rapidly in post-menopausal years.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a highly successful treatment method that uses identical hormones produced outside of the body to balance naturally declining hormone levels. HRT therapy is looked at as a successful form of therapy for managing many of the symptoms of menopause and andropause, but beyond reducing the uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings and hot flashes, it is found that using hormone replacement therapy can actually improve bone density and reduce your risk of experiencing fracture as a result of osteoporosis.

Tags: Anti-Aging Medicine, Hormone Replacement Therapy

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