Why your nails becomes brittle during menopause

During menopause, one of the symptoms that women experience is brittle nails. There are reasons actually that prompt this change, which are all traced to hormonal fluctuations, age and diet. In some women, having brittle nails robs them of their sense of femininity and individuality. This condition is quite inevitable, you must definitely age as a woman as long as you are alive. In this post, you shall be seeing some causes or reasons why your nails becomes brittle during menopause, with some possible recommendations that can serve as treatment.

Before we proceed, let me get you acquainted with some characteristics of brittle nails.

What are the characteristics of Brittle nails?

As a woman, if originally you have a strong and healthy nails, it might be difficult for you to recognise the signs of brittle nails. Let us look at the following characteristics:
  • Feeling of dryness
  • Nails break, split, or chip easily
  • Nails are sunken in appearance
  • Nails curl around the finger tip
  • Colour changes
  • Ridges on nails
Above are the characteristics of brittle nails, now let us look at some of the possible causes.

Common causes of Brittle nails

There are so many other reasons why a woman might experience change in her nail appearance as it is seen in brittle nails, but the most likely cause for women of menopausal age is hormone fluctuation. The hormone in particular is "Oestrogen". One of the fundamental causes of weak or brittle nails is dehydration or lack of moisture in the woman's body.

Oestrogen plays a key role in a woman's body, which is water regulation and water retention. When the oestrogen level in a woman's body is high, the overall water level in her body will be high as well. It also goes the other way round, when the oestrogen level of her body is low, then the water level of her body will also be low. Low water level can lead to dehydration, which manifest itself in signs such as dried, cracked brittle nails.

Apart from hormonal fluctuations, dietary issues and certain diseases can also have a negative impact on nail growth. To curb the menace of dietary issues, women that have approached menopause should include certain nutrients such as calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, protein, and fat, this will assist them in building strong healthy nails.

The good news is that nail health is relatively easy to build. Due to the fact that nail health in menopausal women involves both nutritional deficiencies as well as hormonal changes, there are two levels that the issue can be addressed on.

Recommendations for the treatment of brittle nails

  • If you are already experiencing brittle nails as a menopausal woman, just check out the following recommendations that can be of help.
  • It is generally recommended that women begin with the least invasive option, which would be lifestyle changes. If brittle nails are being caused due to stress or poor nutrition, eating a balanced diet rich in protein, fat, and vitamin C can be extremely beneficial.
  • Lifestyle changes can be difficult to implement all at once for a busy woman, however. The most effective approach, as brittle nails in menopausal women is primarily caused by fluctuating levels of estrogen that leads to dehydration, is to treat the problem directly at the hormonal source.
  • A variety of natural and alternative remedies exist that are able to address this imbalance. Try and search for one.
  • A combination of lifestyle changes and alternative dietary supplements is the most effective and safest way to battle brittle nails.

Why your nails becomes brittle during menopause Reviewed by Chibuzor Aguwa on 10/16/2016 12:41:00 am Rating: 5

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