There are many factors that determine who will develop osteoporosis. The first step in prevention is to determine whether you are at risk, since not everyone is. The risk factors are:
- Age: The older you are, the greater your risk of osteoporosis. Your bones become weaker and less dense as you age.
- Gender: Your chances of developing osteoporosis are greater if you are a woman. Women have less bone tissue and lose bone more rapidly than men because of the changes involved in menopause.
- Family History and Personal History of Fractures: As an Adult. Susceptibility to fracture may be, in part, hereditary.