Osteoporosis, or bone loss, affects people of all different ages and backgrounds. Risks factors include:
being female: Osteoporosis is more common in women than in men—about 80% of cases affect women.
being older: As we age, our bones naturally lose some density and become weaker. That doesn't mean that every older person gets osteoporosis, but it does mean your chances of developing the disease increase with age.
having a family history of osteoporosis: Studies show that if either of your parents had osteoporosis, then you are more likely to get it, too.
having a history of broken bones: Even if you've only had one broken bone, it will increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.