Are you at risk for developing osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bone tissue is reduced, increasing the risk of fracture. One out of every three westernised postmenopausal women will have a spinal fracture due to osteoporosis. The fracture rate in both genders has increased significantly in the past decade. Osteoporosis causes no pain or discomfort until fractures occur and has been called "the silent epidemic".

Have you ever had a fracture after a minor or insignificant injury?

Have you ever suffered from, or do you suffer from hormonal, gut or eating disorders?

Have you experienced a recent or a progressive loss of height?

Do you use steroid (cortisone) regularly?

Are you over 70 years of age?

Are you a woman, who has mothers or sisters who have developed osteoporosis?

Do you drink regularly and heavily (premenopausal women, all men)?

Did your menopause start before age 45, or are there other causes of low sex hormones?

Do you take regular antiseizure medications?

Are you over 50 years of age?

Are you female?

Do you have a small body frame, e.g. body weight less than 55kg?

Do you do very little exercise?

Is your calcium intake low?

Do you smoke, or have you smoked in the past?

Are you white, Asian or of mixed race?

Are you childless?

Have you ever breastfed?

Do you have a fair complexion?

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Healthy Bones

Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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