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    What causes osteoporosis?

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    Osteoporosis Australia (OA) is a national not-for-profit. Our vision is Healthy Bones for all Australians. Education, awareness and research can help combat osteoporosis and reduce … View Profile

    Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness (bone mass or density). As a result, bones become thinner and less dense, so that even a minor bump or accident can cause serious fractures.


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    Anna-Louise Moule

    Exercise Physiologist

    I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in the management of chronic conditions through exercise and lifestyle management. I completed my undergraduate studies in Exercise … View Profile

    Osteoporosis can be prevented and managed by looking at certain elements that put you at a higher risk for the condition.
    These include:

    • being over the age of 65
    • having a diet low in Calcium
    • minimal sun expsure (Vitamin D exposure)
    • leading an inactive lifestyle
    • excessive alcohol consumption
    • being a smoker
    • post menopausal women
    By looking at the risk factors that can be changed: diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking you can decrease your chance of low bone density and serious fractures.

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    Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinleefracp/ I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    In 140-character or less:

    Osteoporosis is caused by factors that compromise bone mineral content, bone mass/architecture/strength. It increases risk of fracture.

    Please refer to Osteporosis Australia's excellent information: 
    http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/what-it

    Regards,
    Dr Kevin Lee
    BSc, MBBS, MHS(Clin Epi), FRACP
    Consultant Physician Endocrinologist

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