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Knowing Osteoporosis Risk Factors May Help Prevent It

Unfortunately, the osteoporosis risk factors, if you are female, approaching or past menopause, and therefore just doing what comes naturally - getting older - are higher than if you are young and male!. Whatever your age it's never too late to begin taking steps towards preventing osteoporosis.

As osteoporosis is very difficult to detect in the early stages its important to know the risks and how you can prevent it, even if you don't think you are or will be affected by it.

Osteoporosis Risk Factors Alert

If any of the following apply to YOU then you are at risk of osteoporosis.

  • Female - osteoporosis is more common in women. Around 80% of those affected are women.
  • Small body frame - women and men with small body frames are likely to be affected.
  • Low body weight - if your BMI is less than 19 you are at greater risk
  • Caucasion or Asian race - Black Afro Caribbean people are at lower risk because they have bigger, stronger bones.
  • Sedentary lifestyle or immobility (bed or wheelchair) - certain kinds of exercise go along way to keeping your bones healthy and strong
  • Lack of exercise - just another way to emphasize how important it is to be active, unless of course you have no control over this.
  • Increasing age -Ok, there's nothing we can do about this one! Osteoporosis can affect people of all ages but the odds increase as we get older.
  • High caffiene intake - caffiene is sometimes added to soft drinks as well as being naturally present in coffee and tea. Absorption of calcium, essential for healthy bones, may be decreased by too much caffiene. Limit yourself to around 4 cups of coffee a day.
  • Smoking - well, smoking is bad period!
  • Excessive alcohol - excessive drinking is bad for your health generally, may inhibit calcium uptake, and are more likely to fall and break bones.
  • Menopause - as estrogen levels decrease following menopause bone loss increases
  • Poor diet - especially if it is low in calcium and vitamins, eating a healthy diet is easy!
  • Family history of osteoporosis - research apparently shows that genetics do play a part in osteoporosis.

This list is a guide taken from reliable sources, however, it should not be regarded as comprehensive or a substitute for medical advice.

Ladies, don't be fooled into thinking you won't be affected. You may not realize you actually have a problem until your bones are already weakened. Check out the Main Components of Physical Fitness for more information about exercise that will help prevent osteoporosis, and read about the benefits of healthy eating, to improve your diet.

For links to further information about osteoporosis risk factors from supporting organizations visit Resources.

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