Who is at risk for osteoporosis and other bone health problems?

Millions of people are at risk for osteoporosis and other bone health problems. Petite, thin, older women of Asian or Caucasian ethnicity or women with a family history of osteoporosis are at the greatest risk for bone problems like osteoporosis, but anyone may develop them. However, some other risk factors for bone health problems may be controlled. To decrease your risk, do not smoke, do not drink excessively, do weight-bearing exercises, eat healthfully, and get enough calcium. If you must take corticosteroid, antiseizure, or other medications that can affect bone density, ask your doctor about regular bone density tests.

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