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What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to weaken and become brittle. Left untreated, even minor stresses such as a coughing or falling can result in bone fractures.

People who are most at risk for osteoporosis have one or more of the following attributes:

• Female
• Family history
• Small or thin frame
• Alcohol and tobacco use
• Eating disorders
• Removal of the ovaries
• Early menopause
• Low calcium diet
• Lack of exercise
• Certain medications

You can find out if you might be at risk for osteoporosis or other bone-related conditions by taking a bone density test. This non-invasive, painless test takes about a minute to measure your bone density through an ultrasound wave and can give you excellent insight into your overall bone health.

If you have any questions about osteoporosis or bone density testing, call East Jefferson General Hospital’s HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 to help you find a physician who is right for you.

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