One of the diseases that women are susceptible to during menopause is Osteoporosis. It is the weakening of the bones due to a reduction of bone density. This disease makes your bones weaker and more susceptible to fractures, which can prove to be fatal in old age.
Causes of Menopausal Osteoporosis
- The main cause is declining levels of estrogen.
- People with a vata body type are more prone to it.
- A sedentary lifestyle.
- Drinking too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
- A history of amenorrhea ie absence of menstrual cycle.
- A vata pacifying diet is recommended.
- Grains like rice, wheat, oats, amaranth, and quinoa.
- Vegetables such as carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens.
- Fruits like pineapple, papaya, peaches, plums, grapes, mangoes, oranges, cherries, coconut, and figs.
- Ghee and sesame oil (til tel).
- Daily Abhyanga (self-massage) with sesame oil (til) is a must to keep the vata pacified and also to strengthen the bones.
- Include herbs like ashwagandha, Triphala, and flaxseed (alsi ke beej) in your diet.
- Spend time in the sun to ensure you get proper vitamin D.
- Have a proper exercise regime to lose excess weight. However, if you have a tendency to over-exercise, reduce the amount of exercise as this too is a cause of Osteoporosis.
However, for long-term maintenance of the condition or to be free of it completely, you should consult a Jiva doctor. You can dial 0129-4040404 from your mobile phone or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.