Osteoporosis Prevention: A Q&A with Dr. Cristina Brunet
Bones are constantly being formed and resorbed in our bodies. As we get older, our bones become less dense as formation does not keep up with loss. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones and a greater risk of fractures. As many as 20% of women and 5% of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. After menopause, women are at a higher risk of osteoporosis because they no longer produce enough estrogen to keep their bones as healthy as when they were younger. Additionally, people who take medications such as steroids for an extended period are more likely to experience bone loss.
Yale researchers identify gene as target for osteoporosis treatment
Like every other organ in the body, bone is in constant flux. Cells called osteoblasts lay down new bone, competing with osteoclasts, which tear up old bone. If you’re past your mid-20s, your osteoblasts are already fighting a losing battle.