Osteoporosis is characterised by weak bones that are more likely to break. “The main concern in osteoporosis is the increased risk of fractures,” says Dr Amy Laude. “Using the FRAX [Fracture Risk Assessment] tool you can calculate your own risk of having an osteoporosis-related fracture.” Some factors that increase your risk include a slender body frame, a family history of osteoporosis, and ethnicity, since Caucasian and Asian cultures have a higher risk for osteoporosis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a family history of the disease may lead to earlier screening.
40 ways to slash your risk of osteoporosis
Practice osteoporosis prevention with these 40 ways that help lower risk, from adding more calcium to your diet to testing your bones.
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