Risk Factors of Osteoporosis

The following risk factors can increase your chance of developing osteoporosis.

Menopause

Declining levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women from early 40’s onwards is a major risk factor for osteoporosis. Replacement of bio-identical hormones is thought to halt the accelerated progression of bone loss which occurs inmenopause.

Family History

Any family history of osteoporosis and fractures

Medical History

  • Certain conditions and medications can increase your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Cortico-steroids (commonly used for Asthma)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Over-active thyroid or parathyroid glands
  • Coeliac disease and other chronic gut conditions
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease

Lifestyle

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Diet lacking in calcium
  • Lack of sunlight exposure, which may cause vitamin D deficiency
  • Sedentary lifestyle over many years

Disclaimer

The information contained in this website has been compiled using experiences gained by the author in his day to day practice and information from other books, articles and journals. It is recommended that readers exercise their own skill and judgment and seek professional advice before relying on the information contained in this website.

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