The questions you just answered refer to specific risk
osteoporosis. Your answers suggest that your
bone density is likely to be average or
above average, which means you are at lower risk for developing osteoporosis as
you age. But your bones will naturally thin as you age. And all women have some
risk for osteoporosis.
Things that increase the risk
for osteoporosis in women include:
If you do have other risk factors, you may want to talk with
your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.
United States Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF) recommends that all women age 65 and older routinely have a
bone density test to screen for osteoporosis.
If you are at increased risk for fractures caused by osteoporosis, routine
screening should begin sooner.1 USPSTF recommends that you and your doctor check your fracture risk using a tool such as FRAX to help decide whether you should be screened for osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and when to start bone density screening.
The FRAX tool was developed by the World Health Organization to help predict your risk of having a fracture related to osteoporosis in the next 10 years. You can use this tool. Go to the website at www.sheffield.ac.uk/FRAX, and click on Calculation Tool. If you have had a bone density test on your hip, you can type in your score. If you have not had that test, you can leave the score blank.
CitationsU.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2011). Screening
for Osteoporosis: Recommendation Statement.
Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf10/osteoporosis/osteors.htm.
November 6, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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