Osteoporosis can affect anyone both men and women. But women are more prone to osteoporosis than men, a new study finds.
The statistics showed that one in every two women over the age of 50 years would have osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, compared to men – one in eight.
When osteoporosis occurs, the bones become weak and frangible due to the loss of bone density. However the rate of bone loss is different for men and women.
Here are some factors that causes women are more prone to osteoporosis than men:
- Men do not experience hormonal changes as in women
In approximately 5-7 years after menopause, women will experience hormonal changes such as decreased levels of estrogen that can lead to rapid loss of bone density. Since men do not experience hormonal changes so they do not lose bone density as quickly as women.
- Men have larger and denser bones than women
Another factor that causes women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men is the bone mass. Men are known to have larger and denser bones, which means it takes more longer time to develop low bone density than women.
- Men have greater peak bone mass than women
Most men achieve a greater peak bone mass than women. Having a high peak bone mass early in life reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Therefore, men are less likely to have osteoporosis than women.
In order to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, you could achieved it through proper diet and regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise.