How to Prevent Bone Loss - Are You a Candidate for Osteoporosis?

Written by Rita Kennen

Look in the mirror. Are your skirts too long? Do your old bell bottoms drag on the floor? Although most of us shrink with age, a change in height can be an early warning sign of osteoporosis. Many doctors advise measuring yourself every two years.
Mid-life weight control
A decrease in height is an early warning sign of osteoporosis.
Childfree women may be more vulnerable to osteoporosis than their peers with children.
Your daily third cup of coffee may increase your risk for osteoporosis.
Caucasian and Asian women living in the United States are at higher risk for osteoporosis.
Women who have undergone a hysterectomy may be at increased risk for early osteoporosis.  
Other Risk Factors to Be Aware of:

*A small, thin physique

*Eating disorders or a diet low in calcium

*A family history of osteoporosis

*Lack of exercise

*Lack of sunlight

*Cigarette smoking

*Excessive use of alcohol

*High-protein diet

*Women of Caucasian or Asian heritage living in the United States

*Early menopause (before age 43) or through surgery

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