How women can build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis

Those with a sedentary lifestyle, heavy drinkers, and smokers are at much higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Photo: Pexels

(Mary Wilson/ ABC News) — After menopause, hormone changes can lead to a rapid decrease in bone density. That’s why women are at a much higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men, but no matter your age, you can take steps to build bone mass and prevent bone loss.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that causes them to become weak and break easily. It affects mostly older women, but prevention starts when you’re younger. “We don’t want to find out about it when someone has a fracture; we want to be able to identify someone who has osteoporosis or risk of osteoporosis long before they have an injury,” said Dr. Sara Clark, Chief of Endocrinology at Albany Medical Center. (…)