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