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


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


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