RISK FACTORS

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)
Thin complexion  

Chronic use of oral steroids is an important risk factor for men and women alike.(1)
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


References:

  1. ‎NOF.‎ Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.January 2010.
  2. AACE Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Guidelines, Endocr Pract 2010;16 (suppl 3)
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