Fast Five Quiz: Do You Know Best Practices for Osteoporosis?

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


November 12, 2020

Multiple risk factors exist for osteoporosis, including being of Asian or White descent. While obesity has traditionally been considered protective against bone loss, increasing evidence suggests that obesity can lead to bone fragility.

Estrogen deficiency such as that caused by early menopause (age < 45 years) or bilateral ovariectomy and prolonged premenopausal amenorrhea (> 1 year) is among the modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis identified by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Other potentially modifiable risk factors include:

  • Low body weight (< 127 lb)

  • Low lifelong calcium intake

  • Alcoholism

  • Impaired eyesight despite adequate correction

  • Recurrent falls

  • Inadequate physical activity

  • Poor health or frailty

Learn more about risk factors for osteoporosis.


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