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    Is there a genetic component to osteoporosis?

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    Jonathan graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Chiropractic Science, whilst maintaining a GPA of 3.8/4He has a keen interest in … View Profile

    Yes, There is a genetic component to the development of osteoporosis, however, there are many other factors to consider that also contribute to the development of this condition.

    These include age, post-menopausal status, history of prior fractures, excess alcohol intake, smoking and poor nutrition to name a few.

    If you are concerned about osteoporosis and you are older than 65 (both male and female) or post-menopausal then it would be worthwhile to get a bone mineral density reading from your GP.

  • Tim Paine

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    About:I completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at the University of Newcastle in 2011. Between completing university and starting work at Mitchell Physiotherapy I … View Profile

    There certainly can be genetic links to osteoporosis, with some families being more prone to have the conditio. Some ethnic groups are more prone to osteoporotic conditions. There is information onlineabout this. Your best option is to take steps against the condition ensuring weight bearing exercise and getting strong enough calcium intake.

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