Are you at risk for osteoporosis?

Everyone is at some risk of developing osteoporosis. We build bones until our middle years and then begin to lose bone mass. But not everyone is affected by the disease because it is linked to some genetic and lifestyle factors that may increase your risk for developing the disease. They include:

  • Women, especially if post-menopausal
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Drinking more than two sodas or four cups of coffee per day
  • Drinking two or more alcoholic beverages daily
  • Family history of osteoporosis or fractures
  • Menopause before age 45
  • A broken bone after age 40
  • Caucasian or Asian women are more likely to develop osteoporosis, though African- American and Hispanic women are at risk as well
  • Women who have been pregnant
  • Thin or small-framed women (especially if body weight is below 127 pounds)
  • Use of certain medications, including cortisone and thyroid replacement hormones
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Not taking post-menopausal hormones (estrogen)

If one or more of these risk factors applies to you, talk to your doctor about osteoporosis. Only your doctor will be able to assess what your individual risk is for developing the disease.


(Physicians with a clinical interest in osteoporosis)