Factors that can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis include:

  • Genetics – If you have a family history of the condition you are more likely to develop it.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle – Lack of regular exercise, heavily drinking and smoking have been linked to increasing the risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • Medications – Certain medications such as steroids and anti-oestrogen tablets can affect bone strength.
  • Poor diet– Diet lacking in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D and calcium.
  • Other medical conditions – Such as hormone-related conditions and inflammatory conditions.

Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis, this is due to the drop of oestrogen levels during menopause. Oestrogen is a hormone that helps keep your bones healthy.