Oxytocin could prevent osteoporosis in women

Females experience hip fractures, often as a result of osteoporosis, at a higher rate than males.

(Eleanor Bird/ Medical News Today) — Recent experiments in female rats suggest that the hormone oxytocin can prevent loss of bone density and strength. Further studies could enable the clinical use of oxytocin to prevent osteoporosis.

One of the biggest risk factors for osteoporosis is biological sex. Females are much more likely to experience this condition than males.

After reaching peak bone mass at age 25–30, there is a gradual, age-related decline in bone mass. As a result of changes in the amount of estrogen in the body, in females, this bone loss accelerates after menopause.

During perimenopause, which refers to the years before menopause, the ovaries gradually start to produce less estrogen. (…)