By the time women are in their 50’s, many have had a bone density test or two and are shocked to find out they are losing bone density. It conjures up fears of becoming a brittle old lady. How does this happen? Can it be fixed?

Many hormones play a role in bone strength, but the key hormones are HGH, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. A deficiency in any of these may contribute to loss of bone density and/or osteoporosis.

Taking estrogen brings a woman’s estrogen levels back to premenopausal levels. This slows bone thinning and causes some increase in bone thickness. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study showed that hormone replacement therapy can lower the risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures and other fractures in postmenopausal women.