Dr. Siris explains the causes of osteoporosis.
Well, the reduced strength in bone that leads to osteoporosis is caused by a number of factors. The most common explanation is that in women who, in fact, are those who have the bulk of this problem; In women, after the menopause there is a loss of bone. When you stop producing estrogen which is pretty much what happens at menopause, you begin to have bone loss and when you lose bone you wind up with two problems – there is less bone, but also the bone is damaged in terms of its quality. This combines to reduce the strength of the bone and as a consequence if you fall down you may break something.
About Dr. Ethel Siris, M.D.:
Dr. Ethel S. Siris is the Director at the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University, is the Madeline C. Stabile Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, and is the immediate past-President for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is board certified in endocrinology and internal medicine, focusing on osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease, and bone and mineral metabolism.