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Endocrine Consultation and Bone Health Program
Center for Women's Medicine
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Providence, RI 02905
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Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, but there is increased risk among women who are:
  • Caucasians and Asians.
  • Small boned and thin.
  • Post menopausal.
  • Sedentary.
  • Excessive exercisers who have experienced loss of periods and/or significant weight loss.
  • Smokers.
  • Alcohol drinkers.
  • Caffeinated beverage drinkers.
  • Deficient in dietary or supplemental calcium.
  • Members of families with a history of vertebral (spinal) fractures.
  • Prescribed certain medications (i.e. steroids, thyroid medication, chemotherapy) and/or who have complicated medical conditions.
  • Women who have anorexia or bulimia.

What's your personal risk for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a complex disease and not all of its causes are known. However, when certain risk factors are present, your likelihood of developing osteoporosis is increased. It's important, therefore, to assess your risk and to take steps that help prevent bone health problems. Learn how osteoporosis is diagnosed and how to keep bones healthy.  


  • Do you have a small, thin frame, or are you Caucasian or Asian?
  • Has a female member of your immediate family broken a bone as an adult?
  • Are you a woman?
  • Have you stopped menstruating?
  • Is your diet low in dairy products and other sources of calcium?
  • Are you physically inactive?
  • Do you exercise to the point that you've stopped menstruating or experienced excessive weight loss?
  • Do you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol in excess?
The more times you answered 'yes,' the greater your risk for developing osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about steps you might take to prevent osteoporosis, or, if symptoms have appeared, to help slow further bone loss.

For the name of a physician or for further information, call Women & Infants' Health Line at 1-800-921-9299