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What things contribute to thinning bones?

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Around midlife, bones become thinner. How fast or how slow you lose bone depends on a number of factors:

  • Your activity level
  • How much calcium you get
  • Your family history
  • Your history of taking certain medications
  • Your lifestyle habits, such as whether you smoke or how much alcohol you consume
  • The onset of menopause

From: Causes of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

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

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

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

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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