5 must-ask questions about osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones — often in the spine, hip or wrist — to become fragile and break more easily, affects an estimated 44 million Americans.
“You need to discuss it with your doctor,” says Dr. Felicia Cosman, a spokeswoman for the National Osteoporosis Foundation. “It’s the only way to find out if you’re at risk.”
To help understand your likelihood of developing osteoporosis, ask your health care provider these questions:
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle and family background, am I at risk? If so, do I need a bone density test?
- How do I know if someone in my family suffered from osteoporosis?
- What physical signs or symptoms should I look for?
- Am I currently taking any medication that puts me at a higher risk?
- How can I prevent it?