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Learn About Osteoporosis

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My Risk

You may be at a higher risk for osteoporosis if you:

  • Have a small, thin body size
  • Have an eating disorder like anorexia
  • Have a family history of the disease
  • Are White or Asian
  • Do not exercise regularly
  • Smoke or drink too much alcohol
  • Eat a diet low in calcium and vitamin D (these are usually found in milk products)
  • Have low estrogen levels (in women) due to menopause or low testosterone levels (in men)

Some medicines can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Be sure to talk to your doctor about preventing weak bones.

Here are some questions to ask your doctor about preventing osteoporosis:

  • What should I eat and how active should I be to prevent osteoporosis?
  • Am I currently taking any medicines that cause bone loss?
  • How much calcium and vitamin D is right for me?
  • How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

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