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How can estrogen contribute to the development of osteoporosis?

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Estrogen is important for maintaining bone density in women. When estrogen levels drop after menopause, bone loss speeds up. This can happen with natural menopause or an early surgical menopause if you have your ovaries removed.

During the first five to 10 years after menopause, women can lose about 2.5% of bone density each year. That means they can lose as much as 25% of their bone density during that time.

From: Causes of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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