Key Points About Risk Factors for Osteoporosis


key Osteoporosis can occur in men and women.
key Osteoporosis occurs most often in individuals of Caucasian or Asian decent, after menopause in women, and later in life (in the older years) in men
key There are many risk factors for osteoporosis, some can be changed and others can not.
key Risk factors for osteoporosis that can not be changed include age, gender, race, ethnicity, family history/heredity, menopause, as well as certain medical conditions and medications that interfere with reaching peak bone mass and/or cause bone loss.
key Individuals who have medical conditions that may increase the risk of osteoporosis should consult their healthcare provider to treat the condition as well as to discuss actions to promote healthy bones.
key If you take a medication associated with bone loss, do not stop or change the way you take your medication without medical advice. You should always take your medication as directed by your healthcare provider.
key There are lifestyle factors that increase the risk for osteoporosis. The good news is that you can take bone healthy actions to promote stronger bones. It is never too early or too late.