OSTEOPOROSIS RISK


Small-boned, lightweight women have greater osteoporosis risk than most large boned men. But family history, lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and medication can also affect our risk.

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If you are a small-boned, lightweight person, then your risk of developing osteoporosis is particularly high. Several studies suggest that women weighing less than 130 pounds and men weighing less than 150 pounds are especially susceptible to developing osteoporosis. In fact, a risk factor for osteoporosis is that you weigh the same as you did when you were 25. But weight and bone-size are not the only risk factors. All of the following elements increase the risk of fracture from osteoporosis.


HEREDITY

  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Thin, small boned
  • Female
  • Caucasian or Asian


LIFESTYLE


NUTRITION


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

  • Do not do weight-bearing exercise (walking, tai-chi, dancing, weight lifting) for at least 30 minutes daily
  • Physically inactive for prolonged periods of time


HEALTH

  • Vitamin D deficiency (70% of North Americans)
  • Ovaries removed
  • Reached menopause before age 45
  • Suffered from amenorrhea (loss of menstrual periods for at least six months)
  • Regularly take steroids, thyroid medication or other risky drugs
  • Low stomach acid (common after age 50)
  • Excess parathyroid hormones
  • Paget's Disease


PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • Loss in overall height
  • Upper back curved forward
  • Fracture of wrist, spine or hip


Tracking changes in your osteoporosis T scores will help you to assess the speed of your bone loss and whether an osteoporosis treatment program of inexpensive vitamins are needed to protect your bones.

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To learn about natural treatments to address osteoporosis risk...visit Osteoporosis Treatment Guidelines.


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