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Do low estrogen levels increase a woman's risk for osteoporosis?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Since estrogen retards bone resorption, women who are past menopause or those who have had their ovaries removed are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis. So are younger women who have too little body fat (sometimes because of excessive exercise, anorexia, or bulimia) and consequently too little estrogen to menstruate regularly.

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