6 Signs You’re At Risk For Osteoporosis

If you’re over 50, your doctor might suggest osteoporosis testing. Here’s how you know if you’re at risk.

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Should You Get a Osteoporosis Test?

Typically, a screening bone density test for osteoporosis is recommended for all women and men at age 65 or older. However, your doctor may recommend a bone density test earlier if they see you’re at risk for osteoporosis risk. Not sure about the osteoporosis risks you should keep in mind? Below are six osteoporosis risk factors everyone needs to know.

1)You’ve Broken A Bone Later in Life

If you have a history of a broken bone that occurred with minimal trauma after age 40 (for example, a common osteoporotic fracture – or a fracture caused by osteoporosis – is a wrist fracture from a fall while walking) it may be a good idea to have a bone density test.

2)Your Medications Are Increasing Your Risk

Some medications, such as steroids or anti-convulsants, may affect bone health.

3) You Have A Low Body Weight

Also, if you’re under 132 pounds, or have a history of major weight loss, it’s best to play it safe and get a bone density test.

4) It’s In The Family

You may be at a greater risk if you have a strong family history of osteoporosis, particularly having a parent who had a hip fracture.

5) You Have Certain Lifestyle Habits

Additionally, smoking and heavy alcohol use will increase your risk of osteoporosis.

6) Your Medical Conditions Are Associated With Osteoporosis

Some medical conditions are associated with bone loss or osteoporosis. These include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, malabsorption syndromes like celiac disease, hyperparathyroidism, chronic liver disease, COPD, premature menopause and Type 1 diabetes.

 Dr. Sandra Kim is the medical director at Women’s College Hospital’s Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health in Toronto. Follow them on Twitter @WCHospital