Why are some athletes at a higher risk for osteoporosis?

Some athletes, especially women who vigorously exercise, may have a change in menstrual periods or their periods may stop altogether (amenorrhea). This reduces estrogen production by the ovaries, and osteoporosis may happen. This is especially common in long distance runners (more than four to five miles daily), gymnasts, and other athletes who exercise very vigorously for longer periods. 

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