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Does osteoporosis run in families?

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If your parents or grandparents have had any signs of osteoporosis, such as a fractured hip after a minor fall, you may be more likely to get it, too. So for you, prevention may be especially important.

From: Osteoporosis: Are You at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

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