According to Healthline, osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and fragile, making them more prone to fractures. It is often referred to as a silent disease because there are usually no symptoms until a fracture occurs. However, there are some signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of osteoporosis, some of which will be revealed in this article.
Bone Density Test
A bone density test is seen as the most accurate way to diagnose osteoporosis. This test measures the density of bones in the hip and spine, the areas most commonly affected by osteoporosis.
Your doctor may ask about your medical history, including any previous fractures or risk factors for osteoporosis, such as family history, menopause, and long-term use of certain medications.
During a physical exam, your doctor may look for signs of height loss or curvature of the spine, which can indicate vertebral fractures. Blood tests may also be done to rule out other causes of bone loss, such as thyroid problems or vitamin D deficiency.
It is important to talk to your doctor if you have concerns about osteoporosis, especially if you are at high risk due to age, gender, or lifestyle factors. However, early detection and treatment can help prevent fractures and improve bone health.
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