Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Test | Fragile Bones

One-minute bone testTake the test to see if you're at risk of osteoporosis

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Family history
Your family history, what you cannot change
Have/Had either of your parents been diagnosed with osteoporosis or fractured a bone after a minor fall?
Do/Did either of your parents have a stooped back (Dowager's hump)?
Personal factors
Your personal risk factors, what you cannot change
3Are you 60 or older?
As an adult, have you had a fracture after a minor fall?
Have you fallen frequently (more than once in the past year) or do you have a fear of falling because you are frail?
Have you lost more than 3cm in height since your 40th birthday?
For example, 60 kg /1.7m x 1.7m = 60/2.9 = 20.7 kg/m2.
Are you underweight (i.e. is your Body Mass Index (BMI) less than 19 kg/m2)? BMI (kg/m2) = Weight (kg) / Height (m)2.
Have you ever taken corticosteroid tablets (cortisone, prednisone, etc.) for more than 3 consecutive months?
Corticosteroids are often prescribed for some inflammatory conditions like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and eczema.
Do you have rheumatoid arthritis?
Do you have an over-active thyroid, over-active parathyroid glands, diabetes or a nutritional / gastrointestinal disorder such as Crohn's or celiac disease?
For women only
Did you go through menopause before your 45th birthday?
Has your menstrual cycle ever been interrupted for 12 months or more (other than for pregnancy, menopause or removal of the uterus)?
Did you have both of your ovaries removed before your 50th birthday without receiving hormonal replacement therapy (HRT)?
For men only
Have you ever suffered from impotence, lack of libido or other symptoms related to low testosterone levels?
Personal factors
Your lifestyle, what you can change
Do you regularly drink more than two units of alcohol a day?
Do you currently, or have you ever, regularly smoked cigarettes?
Do you do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per day? (This includes household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking and running).
Do you avoid, or are you allergic to, milk and dairy products, without taking any calcium supplements?
Do you spend less than 10 minutes per day outdoors (with part of your body exposed to sunlight), without taking any vitamin D supplements?
Understanding your answers
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions it does not mean that you have osteoporosis. Positive answers simply mean that you have clinically-proven risk factors which may lead to osteoporosis and fractures. Please show this risk test to your doctor

Print your results
Keep hold of your results and take them with you when you next see your doctor

What next?

Now you've decided to go to your doctor, how should you prepare? What should you ask during the appointment? And what follow-up do you need to do?
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