Some people are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Certain traits and lifestyle characteristics may increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Risk factors for an osteoporotic fracture(1,2)
|Gender (women are at a higher risk)||Smoking|
|Postmenopausal state||Excess alcohol consumption|
|Family history of osteoporosis||Low calcium diet|
|Advanced age||Inactive lifestyle|
|Low body mass||Low estrogen levels (in women)|
Certain medications that may cause bone loss include: “Heart burn medications” from the PPI family, Anti-epileptic medications in such as Phenytoin and Phenobarbital, Anti-depressant medications from the SSRI family, Diabetes medications from the Thiazolidinedione family, Thyroxine, and Aromatase inhibitors.(2)
For further information, please consult your doctor
- NOF. Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.January 2010.
- AACE Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Guidelines, Endocr Pract 2010;16 (suppl 3)