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Causes of Osteoporosis
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Causes of osteoporosis

There is no single cause which underlies the development of osteoporosis, but there are a number of factors which can predispose a person (especially a woman) to developing osteoporosis.

The following are thought to be part of the general reasons that osteoporosis occurs:

Genetics and family history

Recent studies suggest that women who close family relatives with osteoporosis (mother, grandmother, aunt) have a much higher incidence of developing osteoporosis than women who do not have this family history with this condition. A few other studies have suggested that some women with osteoporosis may have a defective gene which disrupts their body's use of vitamin D, which may cause an inability to absorb calcium and precipitate osteoporosis.


Menopause and lack of eostrogen

The menopause is one of the major factors in the development of osteoporosis in women. Prior to menopause, while a woman is still menstruating, the circulating eostrogen provides a protective effect on women's bones by ensuring that the vitamin D from foods is activated to help absorb calcium from foods and ensuring less bone is broken down than is built-up. When women enter menopause, the bone-protective effects of eostrogen disappear as the levels of eostrogen drop dramatically and this is part of the reason so many older women have osteoporosis.


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  Last reviewed: 17 September 2007 || Last updated: 18 February 2009


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