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10 Risk Factors for Osteoporosis


2. Age

Age is another risk factor for osteoporosis that is uncontrollable.  Osteoporosis is one of the most common conditions associated with aging.  In general, men and women achieve maximum bone mass around age 30.  After age 30, bone mass naturally begins to decline with age.  As a result, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases with age.  By about age 75, both men and women lose bone mass at the same rate.

Women and men over the age of 50 have the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, one of every two women and one in every four men over age 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.  Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna estimate 33-percent of community-dwelling individuals older than age 65 experience falls every year.  The elderly with osteoporosis are at substantial risk for fractures with falls.

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