If you have menopause-related hot flashes or night sweats, you should take extra steps to protect your bones. That’s because you may be at increased risk for osteoporosis, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, which included data from thousands of women, ages 50 to 79, enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative.
Those reporting moderate or severe symptoms had lower bone density than symptom-free women—and they were more likely to have a hip (but not vertebral or wrist) fracture over eight years of follow-up. Be sure to consume adequate calcium and vitamin D; do weight-bearing exercise; and don't smoke or consume more than moderate amounts of alcohol. If you haven't already had a bone density test, now is a good time to get one. Depending on the results, osteoporosis medications may also be recommended.