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Bone Health: A Family Guide


Track Your Periods

If you are menstruating less regularly you may have a hormonal imbalance or be entering perimenopause. Low estrogen levels, in particular, can interrupt the body's natural process of bone turnover, whereby the skeleton regularly sheds cells and produces new ones. This may lead to an overall reduction in bone mass. Make an appointment with your gynecologist for a blood test to determine your levels and see if hormone replacement therapy may be necessary.