Osteoporosis is the silent disease of bones that increases the risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is considered major public health threat and can affect anyone, even women in their thirties. The good news is that it is 100% preventable- but you need the facts to arm yourself.
There are various factors that increase the possibility of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. By making healthier choices, not only you can reduce your risk of osteoporosis as well as reduce chances of painful fractures. Look at the following factors to know how much away you are from Osteoporosis?
Low body weight/ being small and thin
If you are extremely thin, having small body frames or having weight less than 127 pounds (for women); you tend to have higher risk.
Family history of osteoporosis
If your parents and grandparents have osteoporosis or had an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime, it increases your risk of fracture.
Medication that may cause bone loss
History of broken bones
If you have had a fracture during your adult years, it puts you at greater risk for osteoporosis.
Eating disorders that causes bone loss
Women and men with anorexia nervosa or bulimia are at higher risk of lower bone density in their lower backs and hips.
You are at greater risk, if you don’t have regular periods or missed periods for three months or more in a row.
High smoke and alcohol intake
Excessive consumption of alcohol reduces bone formation and interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Low calcium Diet
Calcium is the major nutrient for healthy bones. If your diet is low in calcium, it can lead to poor bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D helps in absorbing the calcium in the body. Deficiency of Vitamin D leads to calcium deficiency thereby increases the risk of Osteoporosis.
If you are inactive or do not exercise, you are at high risk of osteoporosis. Certain kinds of regular exercise can help keep your bones strong.