Osteoporosis Risk Factors
What are the main risk factors for osteoporosis?
- Having a direct relative who has had an osteoporotic fracture
- Being female
- Being Caucasian or Asian
- Having delayed puberty or early onset of menopause
- Being over 60 years of age
- Having rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, chronic liver disease, kidney failure or malabsorption syndromes (including inflammatory bowel disease)
- Being a male with low sex hormones levels (testosterone)
- Having had long-term treatment with corticosteroids (eg. asthma, rheumatoid arthritis)
- A diet low in calcium
- An inactive lifestyle/low physical activity levels
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Having a low body weight or small build
If you think you could be at risk of osteoporosis call our free Helpline on 1800 011 041 and speak to one of our health educators or download an osteoporosis booklet.