Why does osteoporosis affect women more than men?

Hi, Firstly osteoporosis is a condition where the rate of bone loss is greater than the rate of bone production. There are many factors which contribute to the condition including, race, diet, lifestyle, hereditary factors and gender. As women reach the menopause their levels of oestrogen (female sex hormone) decrease. This substance is important in the production of bone and a reduction leads to a lower bone mass density (BMD). Lower oestrogen leads to an increase in bone reabsorption and a decrease in bone production [1]. In men, however, decreased levels of testosterone (male sex hormone) have a less dramatic effect on bone loss.