10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Bones
Strong, healthy bones are made during childhood, but keeping your bones healthy is a lifelong job. They are very much alive and continue to grow throughout your life.
You can protect your bones by guarding against certain risk factors for osteoporosis — weak and brittle bones that can easily fracture.
Here are 10 things your doctor may have neglected to mention about your bones:
- Estrogen is key to bone density.
More women than men have osteoporosis, and after menopause the risk rises as estrogen levels go down. At that stage, a woman’s bone density can drop by as much as 20 percent over about five years, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. “When women do not have a menstrual cycle or are not producing enough estrogen, the net result can be bone loss.” After reaching the age of about 65, men lose bone mass too, and are also at risk for osteoporosis.