We lose roughly 10% of our bone mass during the menopause transition — an entirely normal part of the bone breakdown and build up process. After we reach our peak bone mass at age 30, we naturally experience more breaking down than building up. While many of us have enough bone mass to handle this loss, added risk factors like poor diet, family history and lifestyle can lead to excessive bone loss of up to 20%.
We can do a lot to preserve our bones.
Unfortunately, most of us are chronically deficient in vitamin D, which our body needs to absorb calcium and limit bone breakdown. Please, have your vitamin D level tested at least yearly.
Sun exposure boosts vitamin D production in the skin but, in Australia at least, we avoid the sun as much as possible. What would you prefer? Osteoporosis or skin cancer? Best to stay out of the sun at high UV times and use the proper cover=up creams and take vitamin D capsules.