Hormones and Your Bones

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When it comes to bone health and bone density, hormones help prevent osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and more susceptible to breaking. Hormonal problems can be one of the causes of osteoporosis, so it is important to understand the connection between hormones and osteoporosis.

Bone production is affected by both testosterone and estrogen, so both men and women can experience bone loss as they age. Levels of both hormones drop with age, with the risk being higher in women. Other hormonal imbalances, including thyroid or pituitary gland problems and lower hormone production connected with eating disorders, also can harm bone health.

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