Bone & Joint | Prevention | Women's Health
January 5, 2016

Women: What you need to know about bone loss & overall bone health


01_05 Bone Loss Factoid

Menopause can lead to a period of decline for your bones. Find out how to help protect them.

Women are overwhelmingly more likely to develop osteoporosis than men in America. And that disease has harmful effects: Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, estrogen — a hormone that protects bones — decreases sharply when women reach menopause, which can cause bone loss. The foundation also reports that in the five to seven years following menopause, a woman can lose up to 20 percent of her bone density.

Years ago, osteoporosis was considered just another part of aging. But now we know how to prevent, detect and treat the disease. The National Osteoporosis Foundation suggests the following tips for women of all ages to help protect bone health:

Worried about the strength of your bones? The Vanderbilt Breast Center offers bone density screenings to help predict your future risk of a fracture.

Infographics, Bone Health

6 thoughts on “Women: What you need to know about bone loss & overall bone health”

  1. Gay H. Wiggins says:

    Great information! Thanks for “hooking me up!”

    1. Linda Zettler says:

      Thank you for reading! Welcome to My Southern Health. – Linda

  2. Gwen Billips says:

    suggest which fruits and vegetables have good sources for these vitamins and minerals

    1. Linda Zettler says:

      Gwen, this is a really useful chart from the National Osteoporosis Foundation: Thank you! – Linda

  3. Bobo Tanner MD says:

    We are happy to help you get a DXA bone density tests and review with you and discuss options in the Osteoporosis Clinic.

  4. Skylar Williams says:

    It is appalling that one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. My mother is 65 and she recently broke her wrist probably because of osteoporosis. I will make sure to find her a treatment soon.

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