Osteoporosis Risk Factors

Osteoporosis Risk Factors

It begins with calcium

With a rapidly aging population, the issue of osteoporosis has become a concern for more and more people. Since bone loss and calcium deficiency are closely linked, it is important to get enough this important mineral in your diet, especially in the first three decades of your life, when your bone density is being established.

Young and old most affected by calcium deficiency

The two periods of your life when calcium consumption most affects your bone health are the first part, when you are growing and developing and the last part, when your ability to absorb calcium and your stores may be compromised.

It is not easy to know if you are at risk for bone loss, since your blood calcium levels will not reflect it. You can lose mineral from your bones for years, and it will not show up until the bone loss is in an advanced stage.

More than just calcium

However, calcium deficiency is not the only risk factor. Other risk factors associated with osteoporosis are well documented. Some of them are beyond your control, but you can lower the risk by paying attention to the ones you can impact.

Here is list of risk factors for osteoporosis.

Click here for a printable copy of this list.


Gender... Women get osteoporosis more than men...

Age... Older people are more prone to bone loss than younger...

Body frame... Frail people have frailer bones than sturdy people...

Heredity... Family history of osteoporosis increases risk...

Hormone Deficiency... Estrogen in women/Testosterone in men increases risk...

Long-term Vitamin deficiency... Particularly Vitamin... D

Long-term Mineral deficiency... Particularly Calcium...

Lifestyle choices...

Cigarette smoking... Excessive alcohol consumption...
Sedentary lifestyle...

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