Why Osteoporosis Is More Common In Women?

Osteoporosis is a silent bone disease, it gradually decreases the calcium and other minerals, which ultimately leads to dense and fragile bones.

Have you ever wondered why women are more prone to Osteoporosis than men? Well, in the United States almost 8 million women have been diagnosed with this condition compared with only 2 million men. Let us find out the reasons why it is more common in women than men.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak, dense and thin. People who have this condition are more likely to experience bone fractures (broken bones). Although many people are not even aware of it until they break a bone.

Osteoporosis can cause any of your bone to break, however it commonly affects:

  • Hips (hip fractures)
  • Wrists
  • Spine (fractured vertebrae).

Reasons Why Women Are More Susceptible To Osteoporosis

If you are a woman, then you are at a risk of developing osteoporosis or osteopenia. Here are some of the reasons why:

  1. Women’s Bones Are Different
    Women are smaller and shorter as compared to men, which makes their bones small, lighter and thinner. This is the main reason that they are more vulnerable.
    When a person develops osteoporosis, their bones lose mass and density, making the bones more fragile. Women also lose bone density more quickly, therefore increasing the risk of osteoporosis and it is greater than the risk of any other disease, for instance heart attack or breast cancer.
    With proper weight exercises like lifting weights and eating a well balanced diet containing calcium rich food can help your bones to grow strong when you are young.
  2. Menopause Causes Decrease In Estrogen
    Estrogen is known as a female hormone which protects your bone from losing calcium. When women go through menopause or perimenopause, the production of the hormone estrogen becomes slow that can cause bone loss.
    Even though both men and women have this hormone, women lose it more throughout the years. Getting a DEXA scan is the best way to know what is happening to your bones.
  3. Women Live Longer Than Men
    Women tend to live a long life in comparison to men, which may come as a good news to females. However, this means that you are living longer with older bones.
    Each year you lose 2-4% of your bone mass. When you live a long life, it increases the risk of hip fractures and other bone fractures.
  4. Pregnancy Steals Minerals From Your Bones
    If you go through pregnancy, it is extremely important to have a diet which has calcium and vitamin D, which your growing baby needs in order to form. If you don’t get these minerals from your diet, then your body ends up taking them from your bones, making you more prone to osteoporosis.
  5. Other Risk Factors
    If you are female then it makes you more susceptible to osteoporosis. Here are some of the risk factors that you are more likely to develop this condition:
  • If you are caucasian, Asian, or Latina
  • Being overweight
  • Smoke or drink alcohol too much
  • Have thyroid gland issues
  • If you are lactose intolerant
  • Genetics (if your family has osteoporosis)
  • Have certain underlying health conditions, such as diabetes.

CLOSING WORDS

Whether you are a female or a male, it is essential for you to take care of your diet and also important for you to understand the potential risk factors that come along with it.

If you are certain you may be at risk of osteoporosis, then book an appointment now at Rheumatology Care of North Houston where we treat this condition along with many others. For further information call at (832) 532-9779.

Disclaimer - Use At Your Own Risk :- The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as advice for any individual case or situation. Any action you take upon the information on these blogs are strictly at your own risk. We will not be liable for any losses or damages in connection with the use of the information from these blogs.
Main Menu
Skip to content