After the age of 35, both men and women start to slowly lose bone mass, but after menopause, women lose bone mass faster. Without the right kinds of exercise and a healthy diet bones can weaken early in life.
If you have any of the following risk factors for osteoarthritis, you should talk to a health care professional.
If you started the menopause before you reached forty five and:
Have more than two alcoholic drinks several times a week. Are not active. Have bad eyesight, even when wearing glasses. Never had enough calcium. Sometimes fall.
You are older that sixty five and:
A close relative has broken a bone or has osteoporosis. Are underweight for your height. Smoke. Broke a bone after the age of fifty. Health is poor or fair at best.
You are taking prescription medications such as:
Thyroid medicine.Antiepileptic medications. Steroids. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Immunosuppressive agents. Gonodal hormone suppression.