VCU Program for Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Who Should get Tested?

Your risk of osteoporosis increases if you're a woman and you're white.

Other factors also increase your risk, including:

  • A history of falls or bone fractures as an adult
  • A history of fractures in a close adult relative, such as a mother, sister or aunt
  • Smoking
  • Early onset of menopause
  • Alcoholism
  • Low calcium and vitamin D intake
  • Low body weight
  • Weight loss
  • Not enough physical activity
  • Late onset of your first menstrual cycle (menarche)
  • Low estrogen levels
  • Muscle weakness
  • Caffeine intake
  • A family history of osteoporosis

Factors that might increase your chances of falling include:

  • Dementia
  • Poor balance
  • Impaired vision
  • Use of long-acting sedatives

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Last Updated on September 13, 2005

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