Shock Diagnosis – Osteoporosis

One of my patients recently was diagnosed with osteoporosis following a bone density scan (DEXA scan) and was really shocked to learn she has osteoporosis. She shares her story here:

I am 52 and now postmenopausal, having pretty much sailed through a slightly early menopause (my last period was at age 47). I had, however, become aware that I was going to be heading into my old age without the benefits of oestrogen protection in my body.

I went to see Louise and discussed my options and in the course of the consultation we discussed the benefits of oestrogen for protecting the bones against osteoporosis and that a bone density scan would be beneficial to see the condition of my bones.

I was fairly confident this would be fine as I do not fit the typical category of osteoporosis sufferers ie: I am only 52, I am pretty fit, I am neither very underweight or very overweight, just a normal healthy weight for my height. I always exercise regularly, I take daily Vitamin D and I eat a healthy diet including lots of fruit, vegetables and usually drink a pint of milk most days. I do not smoke and I rarely drink alcohol.

I have just got the results of the scan back and was absolutely stunned to find out I have osteoporosis. I was beside myself as I feel great and I have always considered myself to be a fit and healthy 52 year old. In my mind osteoporosis was something much older women in their 70’s and 80’s get.

How wrong was I!

I consider myself very lucky that I had the scan and am able to start my treatment now at a young enough age to hopefully re-build and reverse the effects of the bone density loss and have a healthy and mobile old age.

I am now taking my body identical HRT as this can re-build the lost bone density (amongst other numerous benefits). I would recommend everyone going through the menopause to seek advice and consider the long term health benefits of HRT if they are able to take it.

Last updated March 2018

Shock Diagnosis – Osteoporosis
Dr Louise Newson

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Dr Louise Newson

Dr Louise Newson is a GP and pioneering Menopause Specialist who is passionate about increasing awareness and knowledge of the perimenopause and menopause, and campaigns for better menopause care for all people.

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