Estrogen Can Help Bone Health, May Not Be Enough to Prevent Established Osteoporotic Women From Getting a Fracture

It’s important to prevent fractures. The lack of data showing that women with ostoporosis are not protected enough against fractures with estrogen alone means you may have to do something else for your bone health. When it comes to your bones we at Women’s Health Practice want to know many facts but especially these five things:

  1. Do you have ostoporosis?
  2. What is your calcium health? Current blood level is important, diet, and long term calcium intake are all important indicators
  3. Do you exercise?
  4. Do you have poor genetics?
  5. Have you broken a bone?

Knowing your estrogen levels, whether you take hormones is less important than these facts above for bone health protection. Most research on estrogen and bone health shows benefit! But most research on estrogen didn’t enroll enough women with osteoporosis to be as convincing as some physicians would like. Whether estrogen use is right for you is a personal decision, best made with the aid of your private gynecologist.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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