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Does bone mass decline rapidly after age 30?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

After age 30, for both men and women, bone mass undergoes a very slow, steady decline. Both estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone mass. In women, bone mass takes a big drop in the years surrounding menopause, but then it levels off to a more gradual decline. Men have a slow decline throughout life; they don't have the big drop that women have at menopause, but they can get osteoporosis, too, particularly if they smoke, drink large amounts of alcohol, or have a low testosterone level.

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