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What medical conditions can cause osteopenia?

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Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, can starve your body of nutrients needed to keep bones strong. Other causes include:

  • Untreated celiac disease
  • An overactive thyroid or too much thyroid medication
  • Chemotherapy and radiation
  • Medications, including steroids and anti-seizure drugs

From: What Is Osteopenia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteopenia."

Radiological Society of North America & American College of Radiology: "Osteopenia."

University of Michigan Health System: "Osteopenia."

Harvard Medical School: "Osteopenia: When you have weak bones, but not osteoporosis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Osteopenia."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Osteopenia."

Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders : “Diagnosis and treatment of osteopenia.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Celiac Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis," "Bone Mass Measurement: What the Numbers Mean.

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

Lu, Z. et al. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, March 2007.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteopenia."

Radiological Society of North America & American College of Radiology: "Osteopenia."

University of Michigan Health System: "Osteopenia."

Harvard Medical School: "Osteopenia: When you have weak bones, but not osteoporosis."

Hospital for Special Surgery: "Osteopenia."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Osteopenia."

Reviews in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders : “Diagnosis and treatment of osteopenia.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Celiac Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis," "Bone Mass Measurement: What the Numbers Mean.

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

Lu, Z. et al. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, March 2007.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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