Before the onset of Menopause, our bones constantly renew, but after Menopause, this rate slows down as the levels of Oestrogen fall. This then leads to thinning of the bones. Osteoporosis is when the bones are very thin and have poor strength. Thin bones can lead to an increased risk of fractures, even from simple falls.
The problem with Osteoporosis is that you won’t know you have it. There are no symptoms and often it is diagnosed only after you have had a fracture. So, prevention is very important. You have a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis if you have a low body mass index, a family history, have medical conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes or Rheumatoid Arthritis, early menopause, smoke or have a sedentary lifestyle.