Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Osteoporosis is
What does this mean?
Your genotypes indicate that you have normal risk for Osteoporosis.
How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?
This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Osteoporosis.
Risk Factors Can Influence The Risk of Developing Osteoporosis
Genetics are NOT the only risk factor for Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Now that you have learnt about your genetic risk, you can determine how aggressively you need to make lifestyle changes to reduce your risk.
The earlier in your life that you commit to living a healthy lifestyle, the more you can reduce your risk for or delay the development of Osteoporosis.
Bone Structure and Body Weight
Petite and thin women have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis. One reason is that they have less bone to lose than women with more body weight and larger frames. Similarly, small-boned, thin men are at greater risk than men with larger frames and more body weight.
If your parents or grandparents have had any signs of osteoporosis, such as a fractured hip after a minor fall, there is an increased likelihood for developing osteoporosis.
Women over the age of 50 are the most likely people to develop osteoporosis. The condition is 4 times as likely in women than men. Women's lighter, thinner bones and longer life spans are part of the reason they have a higher risk.
Your bone density peaks around age 30. After that, you’ll begin to lose bone mass.
Suggested Lifestyle Changes
- Have a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, adequate dairy (calcium) and protein.
- Limiting intake of food with low nutrient content such as soft drinks and fast food.
- Make sure you have sufficient intake of calcium. Good sources of calcium includes low-fat dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, canned salmon or sardines with bones, soy products (tofu), calcium-fortified cereals and orange juice.
- If you are unable to get sufficient calcium from your diet (lactose intolerant), you can opt for supplementation of magnesium and vitamin D to prevent bone resorption and osteoporosis. Adults between the ages 18 and 50 require 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. Women who are 50 and above and men who turn 70 the daily intake of calcium increases to 1,200 milligrams a day. The daily total (diet and supplement combined) calcium intake should not exceed 2,000 milligrams per day for people older than 50.
- Stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake, as it may prevent lowering of your bone mineral density (BMD).
- Adapt physical activity such as aerobic exercises, coordination and balance exercises to improve bone formation, to preserve bone mass and to prevent bone loss