Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, thinning bones. This puts the bones at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.
What causes osteoporosis?
Researchers don’t know the exact cause for osteoporosis. But a number of factors contribute to the disease.
Who is at risk for osteoporosis?
Women are 4 times more likely to get osteoporosis than men. Here are other things that may put you at risk for osteoporosis:
- Older age. Bones become less dense and weaker with age.
- Race. White and Asian women are most at risk. But all races may get the disease.
- Body weight. People who weigh less and have less muscle are more at risk for this condition.
- Lifestyle factors. Lack of physical activity, caffeine, heavy alcohol use, smoking, dietary calcium, and vitamin D deficiency may all increase your risk.
- Certain medicines. Some medicines may increase your risk.
- Family history. Having a family history of bone disease may increase your risk.
Having low bone mass (osteopenia) also puts you at a greater risk for osteoporosis.
Low estrogen is one of the main causes of bone loss in women during and after menopause. Women may lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the 5 to 7 years after menopause.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call:
- SBL Bonutti Clinic at 217 342-3400, or
- SBL Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 217 238-3435
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