PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How can menopause lead to osteoporosis?

ANSWER

At menopause, there's a big drop in levels of the hormone estrogen, making the body lose bone faster. Eventually, the rate of bone loss goes back to what it was before menopause. But the pace of making new bone doesn’t. That cuts bone mass and gives postmenopausal women a much greater chance of having a fracture.

Early menopause (before age 40) also raises the chance of osteoporosis and fractures. So do long periods of time when hormone levels are low or absent.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.