Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break more easily. Breaking a bone is serious, especially when you’re older. Some women with osteoporosis lose height and become shorter, and it can affect posture, causing a stoop or hunch. This happens when the bones of the spine, called vertebrae, begin to break or collapse.
A bone mineral density test measures the density of several bones throughout the body and can be used to diagnose osteoporosis. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends all women age 65 and older to have a bone mineral density test. Depending on certain risk factors, some women under age 65 may quality for a bone mineral density test.
Talk to your healthcare provider today about your risk factors for osteoporosis, how to prevent it and if a bone mineral density test is right for you.
You can learn more about osteoporosis here.