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statistics of smokers vs non smokers who get osteoporosis?

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Dr. Ronald Krinick
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Risk factor: Osteoporosis: the effects of smoking on bone health www.Webmd.Com/osteoporosis/...Osteoporosis-7/smoking-cigarettescigarette smoke generates free radicals -- molecules that attack and overwhelm the body's natural defenses -- contributing to bone loss and osteoporosis.
Answered on Oct 13, 2012
Dr. Thomas Heston
29 years experience Family Medicine
High: Smokers are almost 12 times more likely than nonsmokers to get osteoporosis. See table 3 in this article ( http://goo.Gl/6vo1x ) and look at the likelihood ratio. The odds ratio is different, meaning that out of everyone with osteoporosis, the odds are greater than 3 to 1 that you will also be a smoker.
Answered on Nov 10, 2012

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