During childhood and teen years, new bone grows faster
than existing bone is absorbed by the body. After age 30, this process begins
to reverse. As a natural part of aging, bone dissolves and is absorbed faster
than new bone is made, and bones become thinner. You are more likely to have
osteoporosis if you did not reach your ideal bone
thickness (bone density) during your childhood and
In women, bone loss increases around
menopause, when ovaries produce less
estrogen, a hormone that protects against bone loss.
Younger women, especially in their 30s and 40s, are at lower risk for
osteoporosis than older women. But your risk increases if you:
Have already gone through menopause. Most women
go through menopause starting in their 50s, but some women go through this
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