There is research that is suggesting that women who are post menopausal are experiencing a benefit from producing oestrogen on their own. This benefit is the reduction in the potential fractures that are common among older adults, especially women.
As women pass menopause the bones tend to become more brittle and fractures are much more common. However, oestrogen even in very small measurable levels is said to help reduce the chances of these fractures from occurring.
The study was conducted at the University of California at San Francisco by the Prevention Sciences Group. This study investigated women who were all over age 65 to see how the various oestrogen blood levels effected the fractures. With women who showed no signs of natural oestrogen, there was an increased in the presence of fractures.
However, women who have very small trace levels of the natural oestrogen are able to see a reduction in fractures. It is said that women who have no oestrogen blood levels are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from hip or spine fractures than the women who had small levels of oestrogen in their blood.
This difference represents a huge difference for women who are already experiencing huge changes in their body based upon the menopause. Factors that seem to affect the oestrogen blood levels can include smoking, weight, and bone density prior to menopause beginning.
It is suspected that women who smoke and are overweight also tend to have bones that are much more brittle which leads researchers to suspect the natural oestrogen blood levels are needed in order to combat the harsh conditions that exist.
It has been determined that women who have untraceable oestrogen blood levels as well as high globulin levels have as much as 7 times the increased risk of having a hip fracture, while spinal fractures are as much as 8 times more likely.
This increased risk is huge, and it is not reduced as much as if estrogen replacement therapy is used. In order for the reduction of fractures to truly occur, the oestrogen blood levels must be natural occurrences.
Improving Oestrogen Blood Levels
It has been suspected that the best way to improve the oestrogen blood levels in the years following menopause is to ensure that you avoid smoking, as well as maintain a proper weight. This coupled with healthy living and plenty of exercise can help make bones stronger, without making them brittle.
If your doctor recommends then you can also increase the amount of calcium you are consuming to ensure your bones stay strong without changing to brittle. With some carefully monitored changes it is possible to help increase your chances of having strong and healthy bones regardless of how close you are to menopause.
Once menopause is over however, there is little you can do to increase your natural oestrogen blood levels to help reduce the occurrence of fractures.
Taking good care of your health in the years before menopause is the best defense in order to truly see the benefits as the time comes closer. With so many hormone therapy replacement options available, there is little you can do if the replacement hormones are not able to help really reduce the effects of brittle bones.