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Causes of Osteoporosis

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Causes of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. The decrease in bone mass leads to an increase in the risk of fractures. Even though osteoporosis affects different ages and ethnicity, there are a few factors that make people more susceptible to developing the bone disease.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors of Developing Osteoporosis

  • Sex – 80 percent of osteoporosis cases affect women.
  • Age – As we get older, our bones naturally become weaker and lose density.
  • Being too thin – Having a small, thin frame increases your risk of developing osteoporosis. However, people with heavier frames are still able to develop the disease.
  • Menopause – Menopause decreases the amount of estrogen your body is producing. Estrogen is the female sex hormone that protects bones.
  • Family history of osteoporosis – Much like a lot of diseases, there is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis if either of your parents has it.

Lifestyle Factors that Affect Osteoporosis

  • Inactivity – Exercise strengthens bones as much as it strengthens muscle. Strong bones are less likely to fracture or lose density over time.
  • Smoking – Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis by interfering with the function of bone cells and interfering with proper calcium absorption.
  • Nutrition – Calcium improves bone strength and Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium. To lower your chance of developing osteoporosis, make sure you reach your daily calcium and vitamin D goals.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption – Consuming large amounts of alcohol is bad for a variety of reasons, one of which being the impact it has on your calcium supply. Limit yourself to less than two drinks per day.

Contact OSS Health at (717) 848-4800 for information on osteoporosis.

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