Osteoporosis – Risk Factors

  • ____ Being a woman
  • ____ Caucasian or Asian ethnicity
  • ____ Light skin color, small bone structure
  • ____ Short, low body fat
  • ____ Low calcium diet
  • ____ Lack of exercise / excessive exercise
  • ____ Family history of osteoporosis
  • ____ History of smoking in formative years
  • ____ High protein intake
  • ____ History of heavy alcohol or drug use
  • ____ History of fractures
  • ____ Amenorrhea or history of irregular periods
  • ____ Gray hair (>50% of hair) before age 40 yrs
  • ____ Use of thyroid medication – (Over 2 grains), Dilantin, or antacids which contain aluminum
  • ____ No pregnancies
  • ____ Lack of Vitamin D
  • ____ High-salt diet
  • ____ Daily use of cortisone
  • ____ Excessive caffeine or carbonated drinks
  • ____ History of dieting, anorexia or bulemia
  • ____ History of dieting, anorexia or bulemia
  • ____ Low calcium or magnesium intake
  • ____ Hyperparathyroidism/ hyperthyroidism
  • ____ Early Menopause
  • ____ Scuba diving
  • ____ Chronic diarrhea or surgical removal of stomach or small intestine