Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Risk Assessment

Osteoporosis is a long-term (chronic) disease that slowly weakens bones until they break easily. It is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. In some cases it may also be caused by medical conditions or medicines. Millions of Americans older than 50 have osteoporosis. Millions more have low bone mass, which puts them at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis mainly affects women. One in 2 U.S. women and 1 in 4 U.S. men older than 50 will have a broken bone at some point in their life because of osteoporosis. If you are a woman, use this tool to find out your risk of getting this disease.

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This assessment is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.

The Osteoporosis Center at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center and additional System osteoporosis programs provide DXA technology to measure bone density, interpret the results and provide patient education.

DXA is the most sophisticated bone imaging technology available, accurately measures bone mass and assesses risk for developing osteoporosis.




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Build Your Bones with Exercise

Your bones contain about 99 percent of the calcium in your body. Every day your body also uses calcium to help nerves and muscles function, and to help blood clotting. Your body doesn’t produce calcium-it must come from the foods you eat. When your body doesn’t get enough calcium through food, it takes it from your bones.

Learn more about building your bones with exercise.

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