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We reveal the factors that can up your chances of osteoporosis. By Lisa Offord.
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Your family history
Any family history of osteoporosis and fractures.
Your medical history
Some conditions and medications increase your risk.
- Previous fracture (50 years or older).
- Corticosteroids (commonly used for asthma).
- Anti-epileptic medications.
- Long-term use of proton pump inhibitors.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Over-active thyroid or parathyroid glands.
- Coeliac disease and other chronic gut conditions.
- Chronic liver or kidney disease.
- Type 1 diabetes.
- Glitazones used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Too much caffeine.
- Diet lacking in calcium.
- Lack of sunlight exposure which can lead to a deficiency of vitamin D.
- Lack of exercise.
The following symptoms may also indicate an increased risk
- If your period has stopped for six to 12 consecutive months (excluding pregnancy, menopause or hysterectomy).
- If you experience early menopause.
- Lack of libido.
- Other symptoms of low testosterone levels.
If you think you may be at risk of developing osteoporosis, see your doctor.
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