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 . In men, however, decreased levels of testosterone (male sex hormone) have a less dramatic effect on bone loss.
The two reasons why women are more prone to osteoporosis than men include the fact that men are not prone to hormone changes as women are and a man's bones are larger and denser than a woman's. Another reason why women are more prone to osteoporosis than men is because women have a less peak bone mass than men do.
Osteoporosis makes bones more "brittle". This usually involves the loss of calcium, which makes bones hard. Osteoporosis affects more women than men, and more elderly women than younger women. Little exercise, little exposure to sunlight, not consuming milk products, and aging all can lead to osteoporosis.
Lupus can affect anyone, but it is most common in women in their childbearing years. Lupus affects nine times more women than men and affects the minority population more often as well. Lupus is more likely to affect African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics than Caucasians. Minorities are also more likely to have serious organ involvement such as kidney disease and failure.