Osteoporosis Risk Assessment

By J.G. M.D. Lambert 
March 10, 2015

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.

What is your race?
Do you have a history of anorexia nervosa or another eating disorder?
Do you have a history of heavy alcohol use (having on average more than 1 drink a day) or alcoholism?
How many glasses of milk, or the same amount of dairy products, do you drink each day?
Do you have a family history of osteoporosis?

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


March 06, 2015

Reviewed By:  

Holloway, Beth, RN, MEd, MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician