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Does having rheumatoid arthritis increase my risk of osteoporosis?

Yes; people with rheumatoid arthritis often take prednisone, which increases the risk of osteoporosis when taken over a long period of time. In addition, people with rheumatoid arthritis tend to be less active and often are underweight for their height, both of which are risk factors for osteoporosis. Removing other risk factors when possible and getting a bone-density test to assess bone strength can manage the risk.
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