As all women no doubt know, or at least should know, their risk for a fracture goes up with age, and goes up especially after menopause.
So is it menopause or age that’s more of a fracture risk factor?
It’s both but perhaps menopause is more important, at least according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, where the researchers conclude that it’s the cumulative time since menopause (and less so age) that is the best way to gauge your risk for an OP fracture.
So, according to the analysis of data in this study, a woman who had early menopause (say age 45) is more likely to have diminished bone density later in life than a similar woman who went through menopause in her fifties.
Bottom line: OP fractures are – to a great extent – preventable.
Learn the risk factors and learn preventive strategies, and please don’t rely on calcium pills or vitamin D as your main strategies – limited if any benefit from them.
The data around fractures and later health outcomes is depressing (yes, even for non-hip fractures) so do what you can to prevent them.