Osteoporosis - Symptoms, Risk Factors, Prevention

Dr. Melissa Stöppler, Editor of MedicineNet.com discusses osteoporosis symptoms, risk factors, and prevention.

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Dr. Melissa Stöppler: "Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects millions of women in the United States. There are no recognizable symptoms of osteoporosis so the disease can go unrecognized until there is a fracture of a bone. And since we can't recognize any of the symptoms, we can recognize some of the risk factors that put a woman at increased risk for osteoporosis.  In general, estrogen produced in the body in women who are pre-menopausal maintains bone density. Following the onset of menopause, bone loss increases as estrogen levels decline. Bone loss can actually result in a total loss of 25-30% of bone density in the first 5-10 years after menopause..."

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