World Menopause Day is 18 October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing. The theme for 2021 is Bone Health.
Menopause (the natural ending of periods that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55) can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become thin (less dense) and may fracture easily.
The drop in oestrogen levels that occurs around the time of menopause results in increased bone loss. It is estimated that, on average, women lose up to 10 per cent of their bone mass in the first five years after menopause. To reduce your risk of osteoporosis, eat a diet rich in calcium and do regular weight-bearing exercise. These lifestyle habits are best started younger in life to get the most benefit. While prevention is best, medical treatments are available for osteoporosis management.