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How does a family history of osteoporosis affect my risk?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
If a natural or biological relative has had a broken hip, frequent fractures, loss of height, or stooped posture from osteoporosis, you may be at an increased risk for the disease. The exact reasons for this are not known, but it is likely that an inherited genetic code raises the likelihood of this disease in certain families. Some researchers found that genetics may be major factors in determining how strong our bones become before age 30 and how quickly we lose bone loss afterward.
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Genes may go a long way toward determining susceptibility to osteoporosis. About 75% of bone structure is genetically determined but can be influenced by other factors. Adults who have broken a bone or whose first-degree family members have had fractures are at greater risk. Women whose mothers had fractures after age 50 tend to have significantly lower bone density than those whose mothers did not break bones.

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