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Who Should Be Tested for Osteoporosis?


  •   The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density measurements for:

    • Women age 65 and above
    • Post-menopausal women with one or more additional risk factors for osteoporosis
    • Post-menopausal women with fractures
    • Women considering therapy for osteoporosis
    • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods of time

    Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

    • History of osteoporotic fracture
    • History of an osteopathic fracture in a first-degree relative
    • Being Caucasian or Asian, although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at signficant risk as well
    • Advanced age
    • Female sex
    • Dementia
    • Poor health/frailty
    • Medications such as corticosteroids
    • Cigarette smoking
    • Low body weight (below 127 lbs.)
    • Estrogen deficiency
    • Low calcium intake
    • Alcoholism
    • Impaired eyesight despite adequate correction
    • Recurrent falls and inadequate physical activity

     

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