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 bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can lower the risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures and other fractures in postmenopausal women.