• Smokers

• People who drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day

• People with a history of anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders

• Women who don’t exercise regularly, or who exercise so much so that menstrual periods stop

• Men with low levels of testosterone

• People who have had long periods of immobility or bed rest

If you have one or more of these risk factors, you are at greater risk of osteoporosis and of breaking a bone. Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk and about whether you should have your bone density tested.

The Arthritis-Osteoporosis Connection

Inflammatory arthritis is a group of disorders that cause inflammation of the joints and sometimes the internal organs. Inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis or lupus, lead to the overproduction of normal body chemicals that can cause bone loss. The hastened bone loss increases risk of developing osteoporosis. The risks may be magnified because those with inflammatory arthritis:

• Are typically women

• May not exercise regularly, and in fact, may not be able to exercise at all

• May use corticosteroid medications

Each of these factors increases the risk of osteoporosis.