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Risk factors

Osteoporosis → Hip & other fractures

A number of factors can increase the likelihood that you’ll develop osteoporosis, including:

  • Age:  your risk of osteoporosis increases with age. Particularly ≥ 50 years old.
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Lowered sex hormones:  the fall in estrogen levels in women at menopause or from breast cancer treatments, reduced testosterone levels in men from prostate cancer treatments, etc.
  • Thyroid problems
  • Other glands:  overactive parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Being underweight
  • Significant weight loss 
  • Steroid medications:  oral or injected corticosteroid medications:  prednisone, cortisone, etc.
  • Gastric reflux medications
  • Cancer medications
  • Seizure medications
  • Transplant rejection medications
  • Low calcium intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle:  people who spend a lot of time sitting versus those who are more active
  • Excessive alcohol consumption:  regular consumption of > 2 alcoholic drinks a day
  • Tobacco use

Ask your doctor for more information about osteoporosis risk factors.  See also here