Know your Osteoporosis risk
Osteoporosis is characterized by weak bones that are more likely to break. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), 54 million Americans either have osteoporosis or are at risk for it due to low bone mass. “The main concern in osteoporosis is the increased risk of fractures,” says Amy Laude, MD, a family physician with UT Physicians-Southwest. “Using the FRAX [Fracture Risk Assessment] tool you can calculate your own risk of having an osteoporosis-related fracture.” Some factors that increase your risk include a slender body frame, a family history of osteoporosis, and ethnicity, since Caucasian and Asian cultures have a higher risk for osteoporosis. The CDC says a family history of the disease may lead to earlier screening.