Is Osteoporosis an Endocrine Disorder?


but can it ever be caused by an Endocrine Disorder, for example- change in Estrogen concentration after menopause

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It seems that osteoporosis, while not an endocrine disorder, can be affected by endocrine disorders.

    Many factors influence peak bone mass acquisition in both males and females, and endocrine factors are among the most prominent. Sex hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone, appear to minimize the risk of osteoporotic fractures by reducing bone loss. Estrogen influences the rate of calcium absorption and deposition and thus controls bone remodeling. Estrogen deficiencies have been shown to accelerate bone turnover and resorption which can lead to osteoporosis..

    However, nutritional deficiency no doubt plays a large part in osteoporosis although heredity seems to have an influence as well.

    Usually you hear about the importance of calcium and to make the calcium usable you hear about the role that vitamin D and magnesium also play in preventing osteoporosis. But recently I came across some information that suggest that Vitamin K may play an even bigger role in it's prevention and perhaps in it's reversal.

    Some studies have suggested that larger amounts may help protect against osteoporosis and calcification of the arteries. Supplements containing from 25 mcg up to 10 milligrams (mg) of the vitamin are readily available.

    Several researchers have investigated whether vitamin K can prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Low levels of the vitamin were associated with increased risk of bone fractures in studies from the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1998, researchers used data from the prestigious Nurses Health Study to examine the link between vitamin K and hip fractures in women. The diets of over 70,000 women, ranging in age from 38 to 63, were analyzed for 10 years. The researchers found that consuming about 110 micrograms of vitamin K per day reduced the risk of breaking a hip by approximately 30%.

    In Japan, vitamin K has been an approved treatment for osteoporosis since 1995.

  • 1 decade ago

    Osteoporosis is not in and of itself an endocrine disorder. However, you are partially correct in that it can be caused by endocrine disorder. But the most common cause is post-menopausal changes in estrogen levels. It can also be due to changes in endocrine function, lack of adequate calcium intake, lack of weight-bearing exercise and a number of disorders.

    Source(s): I'm a nurse.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No,its where ur bones get brittle,if there not getting inuf calciam or viteman d,or phosphoros or Magnisiam.

  • D B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago


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