Bone and Joint Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about bone and joint health for women.

Why is bone health important for women?

Dr. Alappatt discusses the importance of women’s bone health. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript

 

Women are at higher risk of breaking bones and developing osteoporosis, which means a weakening of the bones, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).

It is estimated that about 8 million of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis are women. When women age and reach menopause, the hormone estrogen, which protects bones, quickly decreases, according to the NOF. The decrease causes bone loss.

If women do not get enough calcium to strengthen their bones when they are young, their bones are more likely to become weak as they age. The lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, and the weakening can lead to broken bones, especially hips, the spine and wrists, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Talk to your doctor for more information about why bone health is important to women.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Smail, MD, Pledger Orthopaedic Spine Center and Associates

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