There are several risk factors that raise your chances for developing osteoporosis and breaking a bone –some can be changed and some cannot. And although some are uncontrollable, it helps to know what they are so you can take steps to bump up your bone mass!
Things you cannot change:
- Being over age 50
- Having a family history of osteoporosis
- Being female
- Having a medical condition or being on a medication that impacts your bone health
- Having a small, thin body (under 127 lbs)
- Broken bones and height loss
Things you can change:
- Not getting enough calcium and Vitamin D
- Not getting enough physical activity and exercise
- Drinking too much alcohol
We know the BMD test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. However, to get a clearer picture of our bone health we need to look at other risk factors too.