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Risk Factors

 

Certain people are more likely to develop osteoporosis than others. The following risk factors have been identified:

  • Being female
  • Thin and/or small frame
  • Advanced age
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Being postmenopausal, including early or surgically induced menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea for more than 12 months) 
  • Anorexia nervosa or bulimia
  • A diet low in calcium
  • Use of certain medications, such as corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
  • Low testosterone levels in men
  • An inactive lifestyle
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Being Caucasian or Asian, although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at significant risk as well
Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011

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