Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

//Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

By |2019-04-24T12:39:53+00:00April 26th, 2019|Blog|

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by loss of bone or slow regeneration of bone in the body. Our bodies undergo immense strain throughout the day, whether or not we are physically active.  For this reason, the body regenerates bones to maintain strength in the body.

People with osteoporosis experience low or no regeneration which leads to a degeneration of the integrity in the bones.  People with osteoporosis are at high risk of sustaining fractures.  Currently, 1.4 million Canadians are suffering from the condition and it is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions in the world.  

Causes of Osteoporosis and Risk Factors

There are many reasons for why people might develop the condition. Medical, cultural and sex based differences have all been observed in connection with the condition. Some major risk factors include:

Obesity

Opposite to previous thinking, newer research is starting to show the relationship between obesity and osteoporosis.   There is evidence showing that  obese individuals could be at more risk for osteoporosis than non-obese people. The process described is that the more fat you have in your body, there will be a correspondingly low bone mass.

If you’re overweight, there’s an immense amount of pressure on the skeletal system. This means that the body needs to replenish and rejuvenate bone faster.. The skeleton starts to suffer from these excessive loads and the bones get continually weaker as the nutritional intake required to maintain bone integrity is insufficient.

This causes loss of bone mass and  can therefore increase the chances of developing osteoporosis.  

Osteoporosis in Women

Women are far more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, particularly after menopause. X-rays show that women have thinner bones than men and therefore are generally more at risk than men.

Estrogen is a hormone that is responsible for maintaining skeletal health in the body. For women, once menopause hits, the estrogen production sharply falls which may lead to the decline of overall bone health.

Age and Family History

There is a very strong link of age and genetics with osteoporosis. Research directed towards studying this link point out that people with parents who have osteoporosis are far more likely to develop osteoporosis because of a disposition towards nutritional deficiency as they grow older.

SEMI is a collection of sports medicine clinics in Toronto, Ontario. Our services include regenerative therapy, PRP injections, shockwave therapy and custom made medical braces, among others. Get in touch with us today to book an appointment with our specialists in Toronto.  

About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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