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What are things that raise your chances of getting osteoporosis?

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Things that raise your chances of getting osteoporosis include:

  • Family history: Osteoporosis seems to run in families.
  • Sex: Women are more likely to get it than men.
  • Age: Your chances rise with age.
  • Bone structure, body weight: Petite and thin women have higher chances for the disease.
  • History of fractures: Having one means you’re likely to get more.
  • Smoking: Cigarette smokers have higher fracture risks.
  • Medications: Some medications may make you more likely to get it.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

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

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

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