There are few related conditions of osteoporosis in adults. Thinning of bones with age is the most common factor. Also included are low body weight, long-term use of corticosteroids, calcium and vitamin D deficiency, alcoholism and ethnicity. In women, menopause reduces levels of the hormone estrogen, which normally slows bone loss.
In children too, doctors have identified a number of related conditions of osteoporosis. Among disorders that potentially cause the disease are juvenile arthritis, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, digestive problems, HIV and Cushing’s syndrome. Seizure disorders are also connected as the anticonvulsants drugs used in treatment can lead to juvenile osteoporosis.