Osteoporosis is more common in women than in men. That's because women have less bone mass, tend to live longer and take in less calcium. Women also need estrogen to help keep their bones strong. After menopause, the rate of bone loss often speeds up - making women more susceptible to osteoporosis and fragile bones.
To help prevent osteoporosis and slow down the rate of bone loss, women should get about 1,000 mg of calcium per day before menopause. After menopause, you will need to increase your intake of calcium to 1,500 mg per day. If you are taking estrogen hormones, however, you can continue an intake of just 1,000 mg per day.
While there are calcium supplements you can take, it is best to get calcium from foods. Non- and low-fat dairy products, dried beans and broccoli are all good sources for this essential nutrient.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis:
- Menopause before age 48
- Surgery to remove ovaries before menopause
- Lack of calcium intake
- Lack of exercise
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Alcohol abuse
- Thin body and small bone frame
- Fair skin (Caucasian or Asian race)
- Long-term use of oral steroids
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