Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis for two main reasons: women have smaller and thinner bones and estrogen, a hormone that protects bones, drops significantly around menopause. In fact, a woman can lose up to 20 percent of her bone density in the five to seven years following menopause.
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Find out your risk for developing osteoporosis
There are several risk factors that have been identified that can indicate an increased risk for osteoporosis. You may want to discuss with your doctor about having a bone densitometry test if you have one or more of the following risk factors for osteoporosis:
Here are some other facts about osteoporosis:
Although it's never too late to start protecting your bones, the best time to begin is while you're young. But if you already have osteoporosis or are at risk for it, the good news is that there are many things you can do to prevent bone loss and broken bones.
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and calcium, exercising and making healthy lifestyle choices will all improve your bone health.
We offer many programs to help prevent or manage osteoporosis, including:
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