Are Your Bones Healthy?

The best way to find out is with a simple, painless Bone Density Test.

It's important to know the health of your bones, because osteoporosis is a silent disease with no symptoms unless a bone breaks.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a Bone Density Test for:
      All women 65 and over
   All postmenopausal women under age 65 with risk factors (besides menopause)
Are you of Caucasian or Asian descent?
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?
Do you have broken bones from a minor injury?
Do you have a thin or petit build?
Do you use certain medications, such as steroids (for asthma or arthritis), or
     take too much thyroid hormone?
Do you smoke?
Do you drink several caffeinated or alcoholic beverages a day?
Do you consume too little calcium or vitamin D?
Do you exercise infrequently?
   Postmenopausal women with fractures
   Women who are considering therapy for osteoporosis, if bone density testing would facilitate the decision
   Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods

Adapted with permission from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Physician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. Belle Mead, NJ: Excerpta Medica, Inc; 1998.