Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Risk Factors for Women
- Menopause—Natural or surgical menopause increases your risk of osteoporosis. The risk of fracture increases significantly after menopause.
- Amenorrhea (cessation of menstruation before menopause)—Your risk of osteoporosis increases if you miss menstrual periods for three months or longer. Amenorrhea may occur with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, or with excessive or intensive exercise, such as long distance running.
Risk Factors for Men
- Advanced age
- Treatment for prostate cancer, which lowers testosterone levels
- Hypogonadism, a severe deficiency in the male sex hormone
Risk Factors in Both Sexes
- Medications to suppress the immune system
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
- Antiseizure medications
- Medications containing aluminum, such as antacids
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Long-term heparin therapy
- Glitazones, medications to treat diabetes
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis
- Celiac disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia, or bulimia
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- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/12/2015 -
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