Listen as Dr. Siris shares when osteoporosis occurs.
Well osteoporosis is a weakening of the bone and it’s something that occurs gradually with time, typically as women grow older, and of course we shouldn’t neglect men. This is a condition where maybe 80% are women but 20% of those who have problems with this are men.
In men, it’s a phenomenon of aging primarily. In women, it’s a function of the bone loss that occurs after menopause. However, a big part of the story of bone loss is to go back and think about bone health and we build our bones from the moment we’re born until we’re about 30, and from 30 until about menopause we maintain what we’ve built and then after that we start to lose.
Some women start it out with less and lose lots more and they’re more susceptible to have this problem of bone fragility at an earlier point. Other women build a bigger skeleton because they’re genetically prepared to do that and they may have less loss and as a consequence they never develop weak enough bone to have fractures.
About Dr. Ethel Siris, M.D.:
Dr. Ethel S. Siris is the Director at the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University, is the Madeline C. Stabile Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, and is the immediate past-President for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is board certified in endocrinology and internal medicine, focusing on osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease, and bone and mineral metabolism.