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Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for Women

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that slowly weakens bones until they break easily. It is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors and, in some cases, by medical conditions or medications. Millions of Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis. In addition, millions more have low bone mass, which puts them at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis primarily affects women; one in two U.S. women and one in four U.S. men over 50 will suffer a broken bone in their lifetime related to osteoporosis. If you are a woman, use this tool to assess your risk for developing this disease.

What is your ethnicity?
Do you have a history of anorexia nervosa or another eating disorder?
Do you have a history of heavy alcohol use (averaging more than 1 drink daily) or alcoholism?
How many glasses of milk, or equivalent dairy products, do you drink daily?
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?

This assessment is not intended to replace the evaluation of a healthcare professional.

Author: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/bone_health/bone_health_for_life.asp <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: National Osteoporosis Foundationhttp://www.nof.org/articles/10 <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: National Osteoporosis Foundationhttp://www.nof.org/files/nof/public/content/file/344/upload/159.pdf <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Forcehttp://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf10/osteoporosis/osteors.htm <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne MSN, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Marcellin, Lindsey, MD, MPH
Last Annual Review Date: 10/17/2012
Date Last Modified: 11/25/2012