tool measures the risk for developing thin and brittle bones (osteoporosis) in
women age 45 and older. It is based on information from the Osteoporosis Risk
This tool is
for most women age 45 and older. The results may not be accurate for women who
have serious health problems. And it may not be accurate for women who have
taken medicines such as corticosteroids for a long time.
answers you choose in the tool are related to four of the major risk factors
for osteoporosis. They are:
Being a woman. Men have a much lower risk than
Being older than 65.
Having a thin body
Not taking estrogen. Estrogen (alone or in combination with
progesterone) slows bone thinning and causes some increase in bone thickness.
There are risks to taking estrogen, but it may be used to prevent or slow bone
loss in women who are at risk or have osteoporosis.
Other risk factors that affect both men and women
Personal or family history of easily or unexplained broken