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Estrogen is a
hormone produced by a woman's ovaries. Estrogen performs many vital
functions, among which is protection of bone tissue. As a woman
approaches menopause her natural estrogen production begins to decline.
During and after menopause a woman's estrogen level drops significantly.
In women whose ovaries must be removed for medical reasons, this decline
is even more sudden.
In either case,
without estrogen's protective effect, many women experience rapid bone
loss, which may lead to osteoporosis.
Loss and Osteoporosis
is a debilitating and often painful disease that affects millions of
women. In fact, one out of two women is at risk of developing
osteoporosis during her lifetime. Osteoporosis is characterized by
thinning of bone tissue which can facilitate fractures. The disease may
not produce any symptoms or warning signs until actual bone fractures
occur. Most bone is lost in the first three to six years after
menopause. However, women of all ages should know about their risk for
osteoporosis and what they can do to help prevent or delay its onset
Women who are
entering menopause need to talk to their doctors about estrogen and bone
loss. Many physicians recommend that women who undergo menopause or
surgical removal of the ovaries be placed on estrogen replacement
therapy (ERT). ERT makes up for, or replaces, the estrogen no longer
produced by the ovaries. ERT is effective in the prevention and
treatment of osteoporosis because the estrogen supplied by ERT continues
to protect your bones much like natural estrogen did before menopause or
surgery. ERT may also provide protection against heart disease and can
minimize some of the symptoms associated with menopause such as hot
calcium and osteoporosis
combined with ERT and exercise, is an important factor in preventing
osteoporosis after menopause. If you're on ERT, your physician may have
explained that it's also important to consume a certain amount of
calcium. In fact, taking Calcium with the ERT treatment makes it more
effective for your bones. Calcium is important at all stages of your
life because it's essential to your general health and the mineral that
makes up your bones and keeps them strong. Proper amounts of calcium
consumed throughout your lifetime help prevent osteoporosis.The National
Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that after menopause women on ERT
consume 1,000 mg. of calcium and women not on ERT consume 1,500 mg. of