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Osteoporosis Canada recommends that all women and men over the age of 50 should be assessed for risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture to identify those at high risk. Although bone mineral density is an important contributor in determining risk, there are several other factors that play a role. Knowing your risks can help you proactively manage your bone health.

Do you need a bone health action plan? Click here to print a detailed list of risk factors for fracture and bring it with you, along with your Doctor Discussion Guide next time you visit your physician.

Complete this questionnaire* to find out if you are at risk for fracture

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Assess your Fracture Risk
I am 65 years of age or older
Yes   No
After the age of 40, I suffered a broken bone or a spinal fracture from a simple fall, bump or everyday activity
Yes   No
My mother or father fractured a hip
Yes   No
I have used glucocorticoids such as prednisone for more than three months in the last year
Yes   No
I have a tendency to fall or lose my balance
Yes   No
I've lost more than 2 cm (3/4 inches) in height in the last two years
Yes   No
 

* This is a selected list of risk factors. Ask your doctor about other risk factors for fracture and osteoporosis.

If you have answered yes to any one of the above questions, talk to you doctor to see if you need a bone mineral density test and about doing a comprehensive fracture risk assessment.

Based on your identified risk factors and your BMD, your doctor may recommend regular physical exercise, including weight-bearing activities, combined with an adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D to help build up your bone strength and balance. Your doctor may also feel that medication is needed. If that's the case, be sure to speak to your doctor about any treatment options you may be considering.



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