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Osteopenia
Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What is Osteopenia?

Osteopenia is a condition in which an individual’s bones are weaker than normal, but do not break easily like osteoporosis. It occurs when the body is unable to make a new bone fast enough as old bone reabsorbs.

What are the causes of Osteopenia?

Osteopenia is caused due to certain underlying factors such as:

  • Eating disorders
  • Positive family history of this osteopenia, genetic disorders
  • Decreased levels of hormones such as estrogen or testosterone
  • Untreated celiac disease
  • An overactive thyroid gland
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications such as antiepileptics and corticosteroids
  • Inappropriate levels of calcium and vitamin D in the body
  • Not enough exercise
  • Excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol
  • Other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

 

References: 
  • Osteopenia. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/guide/osteopenia-early-signs-of-bone-loss Accessed on June 28, 2020.
  • Osteopenia. Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/osteopenia Accessed on June 28, 2020.
  • Osteopenia. Health Harvad. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/osteopenia-when-you-have-weak-bones-but-not-osteoporosis Accessed on June 28, 2020.
  • Osteopenia. Medical News Day. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318321 Accessed on June 28, 2020.
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