Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

  • Advancing age, particularly after menopause
  • Low body weight (<127 lbs)
  • White or Asian race
  • History of prior fracture or frequent falls
  • Family history (mother or sister with history of osteoporotic fracture)
  • Excessive alcohol (>2 drinks/day) or tobacco use
  • Low lifetime intake of calcium and vitamin D
  • Low estrogen levels