Our bone mass is at its best at the age of 30.
In the first year of menopause we lose 5% of our bone mass and 1% every year after that.
HRT helps maintain a healthy bone cycle i.e it allows old bone to be taken away and new bone to be deposited by our body cells .
If you have not had a dexa scan (dual-energy x-ray absorbtiometry scan) then please ask your GP for it. It is a quick, painless , non- invasive imaging test that establishes your T score. If you are premenopausal you will get a Z score. This tells you if you have osteopenia or have osteoporosis. Osteopenia refers to thinning of bone microstructure and sits somewhere between normal bone and very thin osteoporotic bone.
More women with osteopenia break their bones. Because there is more of them who are still active. It can be your ankle, your rib or wrist and does not always have to be your hip