Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Written by Pauline M. Camacho MD, FACE
Reviewed by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD

Osteoporosis, or bone loss, affects people of all different ages and backgrounds. But there are certain risk factors that may make you more susceptible to developing osteoporosis.

Some of the most common osteoporosis risk factors are often unavoidable; that is, you can't control their occurrence.

These factors include:

While there are many uncontrollable factors that may contribute to your osteoporosis risk, there are certain lifestyle behaviors that you can control that will also impact your chances of developing the disease.

While there are many risk factors you can't control—such as sex and age—there are ways you can curb your chances of developing osteoporosis. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise will help maintain strong bones that will support you as you age.

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