How can losing estrogen during menopause affect my bones?

Estrogen also helps to maintain strong bones. As estrogen levels fall, your bones can lose some of the minerals that hold them together. This can lead to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones are brittle and easily broken.

Eating calcium-rich foods, taking calcium supplements, and participating in regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, can help. Hormone replacement therapy can increase bone density and lower your risk of osteoporosis. Other medications to combat osteoporosis are available.

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