Are You at Risk?

There are a variety of factors - both controllable and uncontrollable - that put you at risk for developing osteoporosis. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about your risk factors for osteoporosis and together you can develop a plan to protect your bones.

A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Being over age 50. 
  • Being female. 
  • Menopause. 
  • Family history of osteoporosis. 
  • Low body weight/being small and thin. 
  • Broken bones or height loss.

Controllable Risk Factors

There are also medications and diseases that can cause bone loss and increase your risk of osteoporosis.

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What Women Need to Know

Being female puts you at risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. There are multiple reasons why women are more likely to get osteoporosis than men.

Making a Diagnosis

A medical evaluation to diagnose osteoporosis and estimate your risk of breaking a bone may involve one or more steps.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from sneezing or bumping into furniture.