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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Many factors can raise risk of osteoporosis

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis when she was in her 80s. My sister and I are now in our 60s, and my sister is concerned that we're at high risk for the disease. I thought osteoporosis was just part of aging, especially for women. Can it run in families? Are there other things that can put a person at risk for it? ANSWER: Although osteoporosis is more common as people age, it's not a natural part of aging. There are a number of factors, including family history, that can raise your risk for osteoporosis. Your body regularly makes new bone and breaks down old bone. When you're young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone,...