How can I know if I have osteoporosis?

Painless and accurate medical tests can give you information about your bone health before problems begin.

Bone mineral density (BMD) tests, or bone measurements, also known as dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans, are X-rays that use very small amounts of radiation to determine the bone density of the spine, hip, or wrist.

Your physician can order these tests for you. All women over the age of 65 should have a bone density test. The DXA scan is done earlier for women who have risk factors for osteoporosis.

Men over age 70, or younger men with risk factors, should also consider getting a bone density test.

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