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Your bones may support you, but they need your help to stay healthy. The National Osteoporosis Foundation states about 10 million Americans have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which your body loses bones or doesn’t make enough bone. Sometimes referred to as the “silent disease” because bone loss occurs silently as we get older, meaning there may be no warnings until you have a break. The result of not taking care of your bones is serious.
Know the risks of bone loss See if you meet any of these risk factors.
If one or more of these apply to you, you may be at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Ladies Listen Up!
Women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about 80% are women[i].
Preventing or delaying
Your bones need good nutrition and exercise. Talk with your doctor before starting a new workout routine. You can also do these things:
Along with making some lifestyle changes, think about making your house safer from falls. This can involve:
How are you tested?
A painless bone density test[ii] is used to find a loss in bone strength and thickness, and to see if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of bone loss.
If you are over 50 years old, or had any fracture or record of broken bones in your family talk to your doctor about a bone density scan.
You may need a painless bone density test if:
Keep in mind that all adults naturally lose bone mass as they age. If you have one or more risk factors for osteoporosis, talk with your doctor about prevention strategies that may be right for you.
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[ii] Coverage for a bone density test may vary based on your specific health plan. Talk with your doctor or login to Blue Access for Members for benefit information.
Originallypublished 8/3/2015; Revised 2017
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