Risk factors for osteoporosis are:
Your bones thin and weaken as you age.
70% of people with osteoporosis are women.
Although adults from all ethnic groups are susceptible to developing osteoporosis, Caucasian and Asian women and men face a comparatively greater risk.
Oestrogen deficiency is a primary risk factor for osteoporosis in women.
Osteoporosis is more common in people who have a small, thin body frame and bone structure.
Dietary factors. Diet plays an important role in both preventing and speeding up bone loss in men and women. Calcium and vitamin D deficiencies are risk factors for osteoporosis
Exercise. Lack of exercise and a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of osteoporosis.
Smoking. Smoking can affect calcium absorption and oestrogen levels.
Alcohol. Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of bone loss.
Lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is made in the skin using energy from the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract and is essential companion to calcium in maintaining strong bones.
People whose parents had a fracture due to osteoporosis are themselves at increased risk for osteoporosis.