Osteoporosis

ANYONE, AT ANY AGE...CAN DEVELOP OSTEOPOROSIS

Dr. Richard Coutts is the orthopedic medical director for Sharp HealthCare

Dr. Richard Coutts, orthopedic medical director for Sharp HealthCare says, that you may be surprised to learn that osteoporosis can occur in almost any person, at any age. However, the key to prevention is a healthy lifestyle, and enough calcium and vitamin D.

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Common risk factors for developing Osteoporosis

Common risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:

--Having a small frame.

Thin people tend to have less dense bones than heavier people.
Part of the reason is that body weight puts stress on bone, stimulating it to form more bone.
Thin women may have less body fat and lower estrogen levels than heavier women.
Fat tissue produces some estrogen.

--Family history of osteoporosis.

If you have a close relative with osteoporosis, you're more likely to develop it.

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