Health Tip: Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Signs that you might be at risk
(HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis -- caused when the body can't replace bone calcium as fast as it is lost -- is common as people age, particularly among women.
More than 1.5 million Americans each year sustain a bone fracture related to osteoporosis.
Here are common risk factors for osteoporosis, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
- Getting older.
- Not doing enough weight-bearing exercises.
- Insufficient estrogen levels after menopause.
- Not getting enough calcium or vitamin D in your diet.
- Certain hormonal imbalances.
- Heredity, including being white or Asian.
- Drinking alcohol or smoking.