Losing your period can be one part of the Female Athlete Triad, a potentially serious syndrome of three interrelated conditions of health risk factors.
It’s common knowledge that osteoporosis, a disease that causes the skeleton to weaken and bones to break, affects women. But did you know that 1.5 million men older than age 65 have osteoporosis — and another 3.5 million are at risk?
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our “Short Answer” series. Women’s health specialist Holly L. Thacker, MD, answers this one.
While you may be more at risk to develop osteoporosis as you get older, the good news is that you can take steps to avoid it.
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