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Menopause and Osteoporosis – Judith’s Story

by | Oct 9, 2021 | Moving Through Menopause Podcast

Judith’s Story

This episode I had the pleasure of chatting with my Sister-in-Law and registered Nurse; Judith Harris. Judith contacted me saying she was enjoying my podcasts and that she wanted to share her story if it might help other people.

I jumped at the chance to catch up with her and I am grateful to her for this frank retelling of her story. This story started with a Hysterectomy at age 50, followed by breast cancer treatment during the Covid 19 pandemic. Finally her most recent health blow is receiving a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Not surprisingly we chat about the importance of exercise for bones and whether we are getting enough of the right advice on diagnosis.

Despite the hand she has been dealt Judith is ever the optimist and we enjoy an upbeat conversation with some unexpected twists and turns, some stories and some giggles!

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. Menopause is a contributory factor and bones weaken gradually over several years. It is often only diagnosed AFTER a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture). The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are a broken wrist, a broken hip and broken spinal bones (vertebrae).

Prevention is better than cure!

There are medications you can take and thankfully Judith is receiving the recommended drug treatment. But I am also interested in the lifestyle measures that can be used alongside the drug therapies to improve the condition of her bones and guard against fractures in the future. In particular my intervention of choice; exercise!

Build bone with exercise!

I couldn’t help myself as I jumped up on my soapbox (apologies Judith!) to have a bit of a rant! In my defence I am passionate to share the news that we can take action to strengthen muscles and bones with appropriate exercise. Checkout my blog all about Pilates for Bone Health to learn more!

Exercise and hot flushes

On the very day we that we recorded this chat Judith spotted an article in the Daily Mail . She reads that researchers from Smith College in Massachusetts reported ”sedentary lifestyles may be putting women  at greater risk of hot flushes during the night. They handed Menopausal women struggling with night sweats some tough-love advice: stop sitting around! Need I say more…

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