Key Points About Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can occur in men and women.

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.

There are many risk factors for osteoporosis, some can be changed and others can not.

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.

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.

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.

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.