Osteoporosis International

, Volume 4, Supplement 1, pp S31–S34

Magnitude and determinants of premenopausal bone loss

  • D. T. Baran

DOI: 10.1007/BF01623432

Cite this article as:
Baran, D.T. Osteoporosis Int (1994) 4(Suppl 1): S31. doi:10.1007/BF01623432


Bone loss prior to menopause may contribute to a woman's risk for fracture due to osteoporosis later in life. Most, but not all, longitudinal and cross-sectional studies suggest that bone mass decreases prior to menopause. This bone loss may be prevented by calcium supplementation. Heredity, exercise and menstrual status also have an impact on bone mass. Prevention of bone loss prior to menopause will allow women to enter menopause with a greater bone mass reducing their risk of subsequent fracture.


Bone massCalciumExerciseHeredityPremenopausal women

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© European Foundation for Osteoporosis 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. T. Baran
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA