|Who Needs to Be Concerned about Osteoporosis?|
We know that osteoporosis can develop in both men and women at any age, but will it develop in you? Here are risk factors that the Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center (www.osteo.org) says indicate you may be more likely to develop it.
- Age—The older you become, the greater your risk.
- Ethnicity—If you are a Caucasian or Asian woman, your risk is higher than if you are an African-American or Hispanic woman, but all these groups are at significant risk.
- Gender—Women's bones are generally smaller than men's bones, and post-menopausal women lose bone more quickly than men of the same age do, therefore women are at highest risk.
- History—If you or your parents have had fractures, you may be at increased risk for fractures.
- Size—Women with small, thin bones are at greatest risk.