Why women are prone to bone diseases?
One in every two women over the age of 50 is at a high risk of getting fractures due to osteoporosis, points Dr Ashwani Maichand, Delhi’s leading orthopedist. But what really puts women in such a challenging situation as compared to men? There are three main reasons –
- Women have smaller bone structure than men
- Unlike men, the bones in a female’s body are thinner
- Menopause sharply decreases the production of estrogen, a hormone that gives strength to a woman’s bones
Apart from these primary causes, there are several other reasons that make women prone to bone diseases.
As strange as it may sound, a woman’s ethnic background plays a key role in deciding her bone strength. For instance, studies show that around 50% of Caucasian women have weak bones, while more than 35% African-American women suffer from low bone mass. Moreover, Latinas and Asian-Americans are usually found intolerant to lactose, thus do not have enough calcium in their bodies to support the bones.
According to Dr Ashwani Maichand, women who have eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are usually troubled by bone issues. This is because their bones turn weak in the absence of the required doses of nutrition. In addition, a condition called amenorrhea (absence of menstruation for more than three months in a row) also affects bones, making them weaker and prone to breaking.
Other reasons for low bone density
An underlying medical condition or continuous use of any specific medicine could lead to osteoporosis in premenopausal women. This is called secondary osteoporosis. Moreover, family history or genes also cause low peak bone mass in women. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are also among the prominent causes.
However, there are always ways of combating a disease. “Protecting bone health is not a difficult task,” says Dr Ashwani Maichand. For instance, consuming sufficient calcium and Vitamin D during pregnancy and breastfeeding can easily dodge the risk of osteoporosis. Apart from that, women who stay physically active usually have higher bone mass density. Therefore, engaging in weight-bearing exercises and doing away with a sedentary lifestyle is extremely important. Not to miss, tobacco and alcohol consumption doubles the risk of fractures in women. Letting go off these bad habits can improve the health of the bones significantly.
You could also take an appointment with Dr Ashwani Maichand to know more about osteoporosis and other bone disorders, along with effective ways to treat them.
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