-- Question: Can hormones affect my risk of developing osteoarthritis?
Answer: Osteoarthritis in women does tend to develop somewhere around the age of menopause. Particularly interphalangeal osteoarthritis, that is arthritis that involves this row of joints and this row of joints. It's felt that maybe it's related to the drop in hormones. However, hormone replacement has not seemed to improve those people very much. Indeed, hormone replacement in general has not seemed to affect osteoarthritis in general.