Our bodies go through a lot of significant changes as we age. For women, one of these major changes is a decrease in the production of estrogen. Most people know estrogen as the hormone that is responsible for the both the development and management of the female reproductive system, but this is not its only function.
Estrogen is also responsible for keeping our bones strong. Without estrogen, our bones become weak and brittle due to a loss of bone density. This issue is known as osteoporosis. Individuals who suffer from osteoporosis are much more likely to experience a bone fracture, even from mild stress. Although osteoporosis is more commonly found in older individuals, it can affect younger patients.
Osteoporosis is something that you should receive a regular screening for. Changes in your diet and lifestyle can help to decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis. For more information about how to prevent and treat osteoporosis, contact our office to schedule an appointment with obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Mary Geldernick.