Osteoporosis is linked to diminishing testosterone levels
While the words postmenopause and osteoporosis are frequently linked, less so are the words testosterone and osteoporosis. But the number 2 million can't lie: that is an estimate of men thought to be living with osteoporosis in the United States alone. And while lifestyle factors always play their part, osteoporosis is also onset by low/diminishing testosterone and estrogen levels in men. As men age, their hormone production rates naturally decrease, including the critical estradiol and testosterone. This contributes to a thinning of the spongy bone material which means less bone density and the classic symptoms of osteoporosis including:
- Back pain
- Bones vulnerable to fracture
- Loss of height and stooped posture
The role of testosterone deficiency in osteoporosis
There are many factors which contribute to lower testosterone levels, age being among the chief causes. But the hormonal decrease that comes with age is often exacerbated by other factors including certain medications, cancer treatments, smoking and excessive use of alcohol. Other factors include:
- Hypogonadism, or insufficient production of testosterone, a sometimes hereditary condition.
- Musculoskeletal diseases including rheumatoid arthritis
Men with any of the above conditions should take preventative action to prevent or mitigate the onset of osteoporosis.
How we help manage osteoporosis at Espinosa Family Chiropractic
At our office in Sacramento, we have experience treating patients with osteoporosis and are committed to using our foundation of knowledge to ease the symptoms of osteoporosis and prevent the condition from worsening. Using chiropractic adjustment, rehabilitative exercise and stretching, and counseling on nutrition, we can help protect your range of motion, prevent bone breakage, especially due to falling, and help you live a better life despite your condition. If you are interested in using chiropractic to manage your osteoporosis, give our office in Sacramento a call to schedule an appointment today.