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    Diseases and Conditions That May Cause Bone Loss

    Diseases and Conditions That May Cause Bone Loss

    There are many different health problems that will increase your chance of causing bone loss. If you have any of these diseases or conditions please contact your doctor about what you can do to keep you bones healthy.

    Autoimmune Disorders

    Rheumatoid Arthritis: a form of arthritis that is associated with a increased risk of osteoporosis. Some steroid medicines used to treat RA can also increased the risk of osteoporosis.

    Lupus: Steroids used to control symptoms of Lupus can lead to bone loss and osteoporosis.

    Multiple Sclerosis

    Ankyloaing spondylitis


    Digestive and Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Celiac Disease: People with celiac disease have trouble absorbing nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D.

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, different forms of IBD. Steroid medicines are often used to treat these conditions of IBD. People with IBD may also have trouble absorbing the Calcium and Vitamin the need for healthy bones.

    Weight Loss Surgery: Weight loss procedure such as gastric bypass surgery but weight lost may lead to bone loss. These procedure can also interfere with the body’s ability to properly absorn nutrients needed for bone health.


    Gastrointestinal bypass procedures

    Endocrine/Hormonal Disorders

    Diabetes: People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Type 1 diabetes cause the greatest amount of bone loss, people with both type 1 and 2 are a higher risk fir diabetes.

    Hyperparathyroidism: is a condition in which the parathyroid produces too much parathyroid hormone.

    Hyperthyroidism: is a condition in which thyroid gland produces to much thyroid hormone. This leads to weak and fragile bones.

    Cushing syndrome


    Missing Periods: non regular periods, this mean low estrogen levels. This can harm bones and affect other body systems.

    Premature Menopause

    Testosterone and estrogen levels in Men: Testosterone protects bone. Very low levels of testosterone can lead to bone loss. An eating disorder or drinking to much alcohol can be factors that cause levels to be low.

    Hematologic/Blood Disorders

    Leukemia and Lymphoma: Chemotherapy and other medicines used to treat these forms of cancer can lead to bone loss.

    Multiple Myeloma: a Cancer of the bone marrow, symptoms include broken bones in the spine.

    Sickle Cell Disease: People with sickle  cell disease may need to take medicines such as steroids, to control their symptoms. Steroids can lead to bone loss and osteoporosis.

    Blood and bone marrow disorders


    Neurological/Nervous System Disorders

    Stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis: These disease reduce mobility. People with these conditions are inactive and have low vitamin D levels.

    Spinal Cord injuries

    Mental Illness 

    Depression: Research suggest that people with depression are more like to have low bones density or osteoporosis. many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors medicines is linked to bone loss.

    Eating Disorder: Anorexia Nervosa, estrogen levels decrease to such a extent that menstrual periods either irregular or stop. This drop in estrogen can cause bone loss and osteoporosis.


    Breast Cancer: Aromatase inhibitors are commonly used to treat women with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer. These medicines usually reduce the amount of estrogen in the body, that can lead to broken bones and bone loss.

    Prostate Cancer: Androgen deprivation therapy is commonly used to treat men with prostate cancer. These medicines reduce the amount of male sex hormones the body, and can lead to bone loss broken bones.


    Other Diseases and Conditions

    AIDS / HIV

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    female athlete triad

    kidney disease

    Liver disease

    organ transplants

    polio and post polio syndrome

    poor diet


    weight loss



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