Are You at Risk?


1) Are you over 65?

2) Has either of your parents broken a hip after a minor fall?

3) Have you broken a bone after a minor bump or fall?

4) Have you taken glucocorticoid pills (cortisone, prednisone, etc.) for more than three months?

5) Are you a smoker?

6) Do you drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks on average per day?

7) Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis?

8) Do you have a medical condition (such as celiac disease or Crohn's disease) that inhibits absorption of nutrients?

9) Has a recent x-ray suggested you have low bone density or have had a vertebral fracture?

For Women

10) Did you undergo menopause before age 45?

11) Have your periods stopped for several months or more (other than for pregnancy or menopause)?

For Men

12) Have you ever suffered from impotence, lack of libido or other symptoms related to low levels of testosterone?

If you're over 50 and have answered yes to any of these questions, you should talk to your doctor about doing a fracture risk assessment and having a bone mineral density (BMD) test.

The questions in the 60-second Osteoporosis Risk Quiz relate to strong predictors of bone loss. Other risk factors may also contribute to bone loss. Since these risk factors are additive, the more of them you have, the more likely you are to develop osteoporosis and to be at risk of an osteoporotic fracture.