What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone and makes them become weak and brittle. Menopause causes decreased estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone which negatively impact bone health and can lower quality of life.

Osteoporosis complications can include bone fractures, specifically in the hip and spine. They can occur with a simple fall but, in severe cases, can happen even without falls or impact injuries. It can limit the activities that women typically participate in due to the risk of injury and impacts quality of life.

There are many treatments for osteoporosis including weight-bearing exercises, vitamin supplements, hormone replacement therapy, and osteoporosis-specific medications. Talk with your provider about any questions or concerns you may have to come up with a good treatment plan for you.