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    Are certain body types more at risk for osteoporosis?

    I know osteoporosis generally affects women but are certain body types at higher risk? (smaller frame?)
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    Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    Women over the age of 45 or 50 are considered at higher risk for developing  osteoporosis, especially if they are postmenopausal as they no longer have the protection which oestrogen has on bones.. Individuals who are at higher risk for osteoporosis should be especially attentive about taking preventive measures and getting tested for early signs of osteoporosis. Bone Density scans are recommeded.
    Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
    Several key risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:
    Advanced age. Those over 65 years of age are at particular risk.
    Gender. Women are at much greater risk, losing bone more rapidly than men due to menopause. However, men are also at risk and constitute 20% of the patient population with osteoporosis.
    Family and personal history. This includes family history of osteoporosis, history of fracture on the mother’s side of the family, and a personal history of any kind of bone fracture as an adult (after age 45).
    Race. Caucasian and Asian women are at increased risk.
    Body type. At greater risk are small-boned women who weigh less than 60 kg.

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