Are You At Risk?
v Have either of your parents broken a hip after a minor bump or fall?
v Have you broken a bone after a minor bump or fall?
v Have you taken corticosteroid treatment (cortisone or prednisone etc) for more than 3 months?
v Have you lost more than 3cm in height?
v Do you drink alcohol excessively (in excess of safe drinking limits)?
v Do you smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day?
v Do you suffer frequently from diarrhoea (caused by problems such as celiac or Crohn’s disease)?
v For women: Did you undergo menopause before the age of 45?
v For women: Have your menstruation stopped for 12 months or more (other than because of pregnancy or menopause)?
v For men: Have you ever suffered from impotence, lack of libido or other symptoms related to low testosterone levels?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, it does not mean that you have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can only be diagnosed by a physician through a bone density test.