What is Osteoporosis? | What causes Osteoporosis? | How is Osteoporosis diagnosed? | How can Osteoporosis be treated?


What causes Osteoporosis?

Factors which contribute to the development of thin bones are many. These include:

  • Thyroid disorders with an excess of thyroid hormone from either over active thyroid glands or the taking of too much thyroid medication.
  • Excessive alcohol intake(more than five ounces per day).
  • cigarette smoking with or without associated lung disease
  • Malabsorption syndromes such as Lactose Intolerance, Celiac disease, Gluten-sensitive enteropathy, chronic diarrhea, especially those following intestinal operations which short-circuit some parts of the bowel. (Any condition which results in failure to absorb adequate amounts of nutrients)
  • Chronic dieting, Bulimia, and frequent use of fad diets
  • Risk factors such as small stature, fair skin, physical inactivity and food intolerance that results in limited nutrition.

A person's ultimate bone density is partly geneticly determined. If there is osteoporosis in your family it is likely that you will have it yourself. Even if the condition was not diagnosed in one of your parents, the presence of the round back (Dowagers Hump) and shrinkage of height with aging both suggest the presence of osteoporosis in your ancestors. This pattern is more common in women, but males also have genetic influences of the same type.
Osteoporosis is one condition in which being overweight tends to be protective against the disease. The lower your Body Mass Index (BMI), the higher your risk is of developing osteoporosis. Please refer to the graph where you can determine your own BMI. A BMI below 26 carries an increased risk of osteoporosis.

The lower the BMI, the greater the risk. Thin is fashionable, but risky for your bones. >>