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Risk Factors For Osteoarthritis

Posted Aug 21 2009 12:39pm
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.

You have one of the following medical conditions:

Vitamin D deficiency.
Rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammatory bowel disease.
Chronic lung disease.
Hyperthyroidism.
Cancer.
Chronic kidney or liver disease.
Multiple sclerosis.
Cushing's disease.
Hyperparathyroidism.
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