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Is osteoporosis hereditary?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 20, 2023.

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Osteoporosis is hereditary. Experts estimate that about 75% of the peak bone mass that you will obtain between the ages of 18 and 25 years is influenced by your genes.

This means that if somebody in your family has osteoporosis, then you are more likely to develop it too. If this is your situation, then eating a good diet and keeping up with weight-bearing exercises is even more important for you.

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