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What affects bone density?

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Dr. Frederick Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Genes, hormones

Bone density is determined initially by inherited genes, If a parent has low bone density there is a 50% chance each child may also.
In women estrogen deficiency causes bone loss. In men testosterone deficiency causes bone loss. Vitamin D deficiency results in poor absorption of calcium and causes bone loss and/or poorly mineralized bone. Steroids, excess alcohol and cigarettes also.

In brief: Genes, hormones

Bone density is determined initially by inherited genes, If a parent has low bone density there is a 50% chance each child may also.
In women estrogen deficiency causes bone loss. In men testosterone deficiency causes bone loss. Vitamin D deficiency results in poor absorption of calcium and causes bone loss and/or poorly mineralized bone. Steroids, excess alcohol and cigarettes also.
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