How can my doctor determine my risk for osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a complex disorder, and no single risk factor should be used for diagnosis. Your physician will use your bone mineral density measurement along with your other clinical risk factors (gender, age, fracture history, family history, medications, smoking, exercise, calcium intake, and general health status) as an aid in deciding if you should have a DEXA scan—the gold standard in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.

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