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Absent Periods & Bone Loss

You may be a young woman and you don’t get your period, and you’re not looking to get pregnant so don’t see it as much of an issue but I’m pretty sure no one wants a fractured hip before they’re 40, right?

You see, if your periods are non-existent, this means your oestrogen is also non-existent, and why does oestrogen matter for your bones? Oestrogen is one of the most important things, along side exercise we can do as women for our overall bone health, this is because:

  • Oestrogen stimulates bone formation

  • Oestrogen suppresses bone resorption (whereby bone is broken down and the minerals are released, resulting in a transfer of calcium from bone to blood)

  • Oestrogen inhibits osteoclast activity (osteoclasts break down bone)

  • Oestrogen is responsible for the expression of vitamin D receptors i.e. it plays a role in vitamin D actually doing its job in helping to build bone

Think because you’re young it doesn’t matter as much? Wrong! It matters the most when you’re younger because we reach something called our “peak bone mass” which is the maximum bone density you can achieve anywhere from the age of 19 to 40. Since most women accumulate most of their bone mineral density in the first 20 years of their life, it’s utterly important to make sure your cycles are healthy to prevent osteoporosis, fractures and bone loss later in life.

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