Osteoporosis FAQ: How Nutrition and Diet Affect Your Bone Health
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- What is osteoporosis, and what does it do to our bones?
- What is the bone-calcium connection?
- What is the link between estrogen and bone health?
- How much calcium do I need?
- Sources of Calcium
What is the link between estrogen and bone health?
Estrogen is important in maintaining bone mass in adult women; in part it slows bone remodeling (replacing old bone with new bone). And while bone remodeling is normally a good thing, it takes place over weeks and months. Therefore, it leaves a woman more susceptible to bone fracture -- estrogen helps to slow this process down. So basically, the estrogen maintains the proper balance between the activity of bone-forming cells (osteoblasts) and bone-resorbing cells (osteoclasts).
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