The questions you just answered refer to specific risk
osteoporosis. Your answers suggest that your
bone mineral density (BMD) is likely to be below
average, which means you are at higher risk for developing osteoporosis as you
Factors that increase the risk for osteoporosis in women
What are the best ways to exercise and improve your bone health when you
have osteoporosis? Try weight-bearing workouts that stress bones and muscles
more than your everyday life, says Paul Mystkowski, MD, an endocrinologist at
Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and clinical faculty member of the
University of Washington in Seattle. Talk to your doctor and make sure the
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Taking certain antidepressant medicines called
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
surgeries, such as having your
ovaries removed before menopause.
You may want to talk with your doctor about your risk for
United States Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF) recommends that all women age 65 and older routinely have a
bone mineral density test to screen for osteoporosis.
If you are at increased risk for fractures caused by osteoporosis, routine
screening should begin sooner.1 USPSTF recommends that you and your doctor check your fracture risk using a tool such as FRAX to help decide whether you should be screened for osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and when to start bone mineral density screening.
The FRAX tool was developed by the World Health Organization to help predict your risk of having a fracture related to osteoporosis in the next 10 years. You can use this tool. Go to the website at www.sheffield.ac.uk/FRAX, and click on Calculation Tool. If you have had a bone mineral density test (BMD) on your hip, you can type in your score. If you have not had that test, you can leave the score blank.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2011). Screening
for Osteoporosis: Recommendation Statement.
Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf10/osteoporosis/osteors.htm.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
November 10, 2010
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November 10, 2010
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