Lifesaving Tests for Women
Check for Osteoporosis
Half of all women who have gone through menopause are at risk for a condition called osteoporosis, which makes your bones weaker and less dense. It may also be triggered by other medical conditions, like diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease.
Talk to your doctor about your risk and about getting tested. The USPSTF recommends you get a bone density exam starting at 65 if you're at average risk.
"Knowing your bone scan results are important as women age," says Lynnette Howington, DNP, RNC, a nurse practitioner who specializes in women's health. That's because osteoporosis raises your risk of a serious spine or hip fracture, which can happen if you have the condition. "There are so many strategies to increase -- or at least maintain -- bone density for those who are showing signs of osteoporosis, so having a baseline measurement is absolutely important."