Table 2

 Prevalence of risk factors for osteoporosis in 242 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

Risk factorPrevalence (%)
Currently taking oral corticosteroids176 (72.7)
Ever had intravenous pulse steroids63 (26)
Ever had prednisolone >10 mg/day179 (74)
Ever had prednisolone >29 mg/day61 (25.2)
Ever smoked85 (35.1)
Ever had alcohol >20 units/week4 (1.7)
Ever avoided dairy products28 (11.6)
Ever confined to bed for >2 months28 (11.6)