Is Osteoporosis Hereditary?
Reader Question: I have a family member that was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is it hereditary?
There are definitely hereditary factors involved in this disease. There are a variety of reasons that family members can be affected by osteoporosis. This can be simple due to the similar small frame and bone structure, or to other, not as well defined reasons. These can involve collagen mutations, estrogen or Vitamin D receptor abnormalities.
If a family member were affected, this would be a good opportunity to better define your own situation. It would be important to have a bone density performed and a full assessment of your own risk factors to try to limit any difficulties that you may encounter.
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Dr. Neil Gonter is a rheumatologist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hackensack University Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Osteoporosis.