Risk Factors


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Diabetes Increases Osteoporosis Risk

Here's what you should know about the links between diabetes and osteoporosis and how you can reduce your fracture risk.

What Is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?

An estimated 25 percent of American women over 50 experience compression fractures in their lifetime. Here’s what to know about this common source of back pain.

The Lupus-Osteoporosis Connection

The Lupus-Osteoporosis Connection

Osteoporosis is one of the most common complications of lupus. Here’s what you can do to offset the bone-weakening impact of the disease and its treatments.

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Is Drinking Alcohol Bad for Your Bones?

Here’s what you need to know about alcohol consumption and osteoporosis.

New Worries About Calcium Supplements

Getting more bone-building calcium by taking supplements seems like it should be a good thing. But some doctors aren’t so sure.

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Are You at Risk for a Hip Fracture?

Many people fear hip fractures—and with good reason. Of all types of fractures, hip fractures have the most significant impact on a person’s quality of life.

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What You Need to Know About Bone Density Tests

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that all women age 65 and older get screened for osteoporosis with a bone mineral density (BMD) test.

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How to Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis prevention relies on a three-pronged approach: Exercise, proper nutrition and—when appropriate—medication, including some bisphosphonates.

Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Low testosterone in men—or “low T”—can be caused by certain medical conditions or medications. But findings from several recent studies may cause doctors to be cautious about who should be treated.