Osteoporosis rarely has symptoms, so it’s important to be aware of risk factors. This disease causes bones to lose density and can lead to fractures, pain and deformities. It is very common in older adults, especially women. One in three women and one in five men will have a fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.
Some major risk factors for osteoporosis include advancing age and menopause. A Bone Mineral Densitometry scan is recommended to assess these and other risk factors for those age 65 or older.
For a discussion of risk factors and tips to reduce risk, read the July article in Women’s Health Matters: