What is Osteoporosis?

The aptly-named osteoporosis (‘bones with holes’), is a common condition that affects 6.2 million Australians. During childhood our bone formation exceeds our bone resorption (breakdown). As we age, we have a gradual and progressive decline in hormones, particularly estrogen, which is linked to bone loss. The decline of estrogen production causes a reduction in bone formation, hence, increased rates of bone resorption/breakdown. Over time, this leads to a low bone mineral density making the bones weaker and more susceptible to fractures. 

Women over 50 are at increased risk (23%) of developing osteoporosis due to estrogen deficiency-related to menopause, compared to men with a 6% chance of developing the condition.

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