Osteoporosis

Premier Physician Network’s providers answer frequently asked questions about osteoporosis.

What are Some Warning Signs of Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease” because there are no warning signs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

If you haven’t been screened for osteoporosis, you many not know you have it until you have a serious bump or a fall that causes a bone break or fracture, according to the NIH.

Risk factors for developing osteoporosis include:

  • Family history
  • Not exercising
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in excess
  • Taking steroid medicines
  • Low testosterone levels

A screening test for osteoporosis should be done for:

  • Postmenopausal women under 65 with one or more risk factor
  • All women 65 and older
  • Postmenopausal women with fractures
  • Women considering treatment for osteoporosis
  • Women who have been on hormone therapy for a long time
  • Men and women taking medicines with side effects that could cause osteoporosis

Ask your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis and if you should be screened.

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Source: Jon Ryan, MD, North Dayton Rheumatology; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine

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