Advanced Rheumatology Center


Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans.  Ten million individuals already have osteoporosis and 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for developing osteoporosis and the fractures it causes. Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women. Known as “the silent thief,” osteoporosis progresses without symptoms or pain until bones start to break, generally in the hip, spine or wrist.

Learn more about this bone-thinning disease that causes serious fractures. Complete the questionnaire to determine your risk for developing osteoporosis.

1. Do you have a small, thin frame and/or are you Caucasian or Asian?  
2. Have you or a member of your immediate family broken a bone as an adult?  
3. Are you a postmenopausal woman?  
4. Have you had an early or surgically-induced menopause?  
5. Have you taken high doses of thyroid medication or used glucocorticoids ≥ 5 mg a day (for example, prednisone) for 3 or more months?   
6. Have you taken, or are you taking, immunosuppressive medications or chemotherapy to treat cancer?  
7. Is your diet low in dairy products and other sources of calcium?  
8. Are you physically inactive?   
9. Do you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol in excess?  

The more times you answer “yes,” the greater your risk for developing osteoporosis. See your healthcare provider and contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) for more information.

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