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How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

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To find out if you have osteoporosis, learn how likely you are to get the disease first. Talk to your doctor about your chances and ask if you need a bone density test. These scans use very small amounts of radiation to see how strong your bones are. They’re the only way to know for sure if you have osteoporosis.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis: Fast Facts," “Medication and Treatment Adherence.”

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: “Vitamin D.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoporosis - Fact Sheet."

McIlwain, H., MD, and D. Bruce, PhD, , Morrow, 2007. Diet for a Pain-Free Life

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 25, 2018

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