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Some risk factors

(HealthDayNews) -- One of the best ways to avoid osteoporosis (soft bones) is to know its risk factors and warning signs.

Country Meadows Retirement Communities offers this list:

  • You're thinner than normal.
  • You suffer persistent back pain, which may indicate a spinal fracture, a possible symptom of osteoporosis.
  • You break a bone after a relatively minor fall.
  • You've taken steroids over a 3-month period. This can cause rapid bone loss.
  • You smoke. This doubles your risk of having an osteoporotic fracture.
  • You don't get enough calcium.
  • You have kidney stones.
  • You have thyroid trouble.
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