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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf you are white or Asian and have a slight frame (meaning you are thin), you are at greater risk for developing osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones can become brittle and subject to fracture. If you have been taking thyroid medication, you are at greater risk for developing this condition.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredMore than 28 million Americans either have osteoporosis or are at risk of it, but the disease primarily hits people over the age of 65. It's often considered a women's disease because of the current statistics: 25 percent of women over 65 have the disease compared to 15 percent of men, and one-third of women will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis compared to one-sixth of men.
Osteoporosis isn't gender-specific. As men's average life spans keep increasing, we're seeing the osteoporosis rates of men increase as well. When men get to the age of 75, their rate of having the disease increases to 25 percent, too. Women just tend to get osteoporosis earlier because men's bone density and bone mass are naturally thicker.
Women also lose density after menopause, since they lose some estrogen, which is paramount in helping deposit calcium. But men catch up later because as they reach 75, they lack both the mass and sufficient estrogen and testosterone to help build bone.
American Dental Association answeredPeople with low bone density are at higher risk for osteoporosis than people with dense bones. Thirty-four million Americans have low bone density and are at risk for the disease. About another 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, 8 million of whom are women. Osteoporosis affects more women than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined.