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    Medical Conditions That Increase the Risk of Osteoporosis

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    Certain diseases increase the risk of osteoporosis. They include those of the:

    Other conditions that increase the risk for osteoporosis include those that reduce the amount of estrogen or testosterone in the body. One example is removing a woman's ovaries.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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