Bone Health, Osteoporosis Concerns
Osteoporosis often does not raise appropriate concerns in many women and men. Over time, and especially after menopause, bones thin leading to compression in the spine with a possible decrease in height, and fragility at the hip. Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent killer” because women and men do not realize they have osteoporosis until they suffer a hip fracture. Hip fractures are harmful and often do not heal well when the bones have become quite thin, such that complications from hip fractures kill more women in the US than breast cancer each year. The main way to prevent osteoporosis is with hormone therapy as both estrogen and testosterone strengthen bones. But if you cannot take either of these hormones, there are other possible treatments. Don’t let osteoporosis sneak up on you! Do what you can to keep your bones strong, allowing you to live a more active long life.