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Do I increase my risk of osteoporosis if I smoke?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
Cigarette smoking doubles your risk of osteoporosis, perhaps because of the chemicals and other substances in the smoke. Research also has shown that osteoporosis starts sooner and increases at a faster pace in smokers. The good news is, once you stop smoking, you can lower your risk of osteoporosis by one-half.
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Smokers tend to lose bone faster than nonsmokers. Smoking may both interfere with the absorption of calcium and lower the amount of estrogen produced by the body. An analysis of several studies found that men and women who smoked were at greater risk of breaking a hip or other bone. In fact, a report from the U.S. Surgeon General on osteoporosis noted that smokers are 55% more likely than nonsmokers to break a hip.

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