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Are You At Risk For Osteoporosis?

We hear a lot about "risk factors" for osteoporosis. To find out if you are at risk, take Dr. Donnica's Decisionnaire™ for Osteoporosis:

Check off as many of the following risk factors that apply to you. The more checks you have, the greater your risk of osteoporosis. Bringing this completed quiz with you to your next doctor's appointment may help you discuss osteoporosis. If you have checked 2 or more boxes on this checklist, show it to your doctor and say that you want to know if s/he thinks you are at risk for osteoporosis.

___   I am female.
___   I am Caucasian or Asian.
___   I have reached menopause.
___   I had an early menopause (natural or surgical).
___   I have small bones or I am very thin (or I have/have had anorexia).
___   I breastfed an infant (or infants), without the use of formula, for a total of 6 months or more.
___   I lead an inactive lifestyle (less than 3 half-hour sessions of exercise per week).
___   I am shorter than I used to be.
___   I have had a low dietary calcium intake and I do not take calcium supplements.
___   I have had an excessive caffeine or alcohol intake.
___   My mother or other women in my family had osteoporosis (or had unexplained fractures or stooped posture).
___   My shoulders are hunched over.
___   My back is in constant pain.
___   I recently broke a bone.
___   I smoke.
___   I take (or previously took for an extended period of time): prednisone or other steroids, water pills, ulcer medications, blood thinners, seizure medications, and/or thyroid medication.

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Created: 9/22/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

 Bringing this completed quiz with you to your next doctor’s appointment may help you discuss osteoporosis. 

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