One of the lesser known symptoms of menopause is changes in a woman’s bone health. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, women’s health expert and author of Bottom Line Inc’s The Natural Side of Menopause blog, talks about things women can do to ensure that their bones stay healthy after menopause. Diet and exercise are both important factors in this. As far as diet, women should eat foods rich in calcium and be sure that their vitamin D levels are optimized. In addition, women should limit sugar, alcohol and caffeine because these can weaken bones. Weight-bearing exercises (3 to 4 times a week) will help build stronger bones. Around age 50, all women should start monitoring their bone health with bone-density tests.

For more information, check out Dr. Holly Lucille’s website, or buy her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe Natural Hormone Health

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