How do I know if I’m at risk for osteoporosis?

It’s important to know that it is never too late to try to prevent fractures, but the most important fracture to prevent is the first one. One important action to tell if you are at risk for osteoporosis is to have your bone mineral density (BMD) evaluated, as this is the best method for determining whether a person has osteoporosis or is at risk of developing it. BMD testing is a quick, non-invasive and accurate method for assessing future fracture risk. Bone density tests are fast, painless, and safe, and measure the bone density in your spine, hip, and/or wrist, the most common sites of fractures due to osteoporosis. Some newer bone density tests measure bone density in your heel or shinbone, and in your middle finger.

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