Are You at Risk for Osteoporosis?

It is believed that an imbalance between new bone formation and old bone reabsorption causes osteoporosis. Women over the age of 50 are at greater risk than most people. Other risk factors* include:

  • Family history of osteoporosis.
  • Being small framed and thin.
  • Menopause, especially before 45 
  • Low testosterone levels in men
  • Low calcium and vitamin D intake, or an excessive intake of protein, sodium, and caffeine
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol intake
  • Certain medications including steroid medications and seizure medication 
  • Certain diseases and conditions including anorexia nervosa, rheumatoid arthritis, and gastrointestinal diseases (such as malabsorption syndromes, and inflammatory disease)