Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease".  There are rarely signs until a lot of bone has been lost.  Visible symptoms may include loss of height along with curvature of the upper back.  throughout childhood and as young adults, bones grow in strength and in size.  Around the age of 30, bones reach their peak strength and then naturally become weaker with age.  Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak to the point of breaking.  Osteoporosis results in more than 1 million hip, spine and wrist fractures annually.  This disorder affects nearly one-half of all post-menopausal women, the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis. 

Are YOU at risk for osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is one of the leading sources of information about osteoporosis and bone measurements.  The NOF recommends women have a bone density test if you are:
​* Over 65 years old
* Postmenopausal
     -with > 1 risk factor
     -with a fracture
* Considering osteoporosis therapy
* On prolonged hormone replacement therapy

Important risk factors for osteoporosis include: 
* Female
* Caucasian
* Advanced age
* History of bone fracture
* A small thin frame
* A family history of osteoporosis
* Removal of the ovaries
* Early menopause
* A low calcium diet
* Lack of exercise
* Eating disorders
* Poor nutrition
* Certain medicines (such as steroids, Depo-Provera or anticonvulsants)
* Alcohol and tobacco use
* Dementia

5 Simple Steps to Good Bone Health
* Take daily calcium and Vitamin D
* Do regular weight-bearing exercise
* Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
* Talk to your doctor about bone health
* Have a bone density test and take medicaiton when appropriate