Expert Video - Why are women at greater risk than men for osteoporosis?

Risa Kagan, MD, an expert on women's health from the University of California, San Francisco, explains the role of the hormone estrogen in maintaining bone health, bone density, and bone strength. She describes when bone loss begins, how quickly it can progress around the menopausal transition, and what the consequences may be of losing up to 20 percent of bone mass during this period. She also discusses how bone loss may develop in men and the role of aging.

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