Why Menopause Raises Your Osteoporosis Risk

In a word, it’s hormones. Until about age 30, women are still building bone mass. It’s a process that’s very efficient when you are young—new bone is growing fast enough to replace the old bone that is disappearing.

But as you reach menopause, the process reverses. Bone loss speeds up, with some women losing as much as 10% of their bone density several years after menopause. The reason? Production of estrogen, the hormone essential in building and maintaining bone density, starts to drop dramatically as soon as your period becomes irregular. So if you’re going through menopause (or are already on the other side) be sure to talk to your doctor about how to prevent bone loss.


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