Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to lose mass, become fragile and to break more easily.
- It is a serious public health problem in the United States.
- It impacts more than 54 million people.
- It causes over 2 million fractures of the vertebrae, hips or wrists
Who should get a test?
- All postmenopausal women below age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis.
- All women aged 65 and older.
- Adults with fragility fractures or additional high risk conditions.
- Men age 70 or older.
- Men ages 50-69 with risk factors for osteoporosis.
- Women with medical conditions associated with osteoporosis such as Vitamin D deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperthyroidism, multiple myeloma, hypercalcuria, hyperparathyroidism, celiac disease, renal disease, cerebral palsy and anorexia.
Osteoporosis screening/DEXA Scan (bone density)