In most cases, juvenile osteoporosis is caused by an underlying medical condition or by medications used to treat the condition, or a lifestyle factor, such as:
Medical conditions – including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteogenesis imperfect, diabetes, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis.
Medications – such as some types of cancer treatments, anticonvulsant medications (used to manage epilepsy) or corticosteroids, which are used to treat a wide range of diseases including arthritis and asthma.
Lifestyle – eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, or excessive exercise that leads to disruption of the menstrual cycle. Children who are bedridden or have prolonged periods of immobility are at increased risk of juvenile osteoporosis, because weight-bearing activities encourage bone density. Inadequate dietary intake, smoking and alcohol may also lead to juvenile osteoporosis.
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