The Importance of Osteoporosis Testing
As the only woman who has won all 4 major acting awards (Oscar, Emmy, Tony,
Grammy), Rita Moreno has quite a trophy collection. But in accepting an award
from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for her work to raise awareness about
this disease, she said that this award was going right next to her Oscar-because
her health achievements mean as much to her as her passion for acting.
Miss Rita Moreno: "It's very important that the
women of this country be made aware of the dangers of osteoporosis in the sense
that it is a silent and invisible disease with no symptoms whatsoever."
Miss Moreno admits that she thought she was protected from
this condition because of her years of dance and physical activity. She was
not aware that she had two of the most important risks: being female and being
menopausal. Fortunately, her doctor recommended a bone density test which picked
up the earliest signs of bone loss and she was able to take corrective action
before any damage was done.
Miss Rita Moreno: "Bone density
tests are the most important thing for a woman who is reaching or into menopause.
It's vitally important that she get measured and find out what her bone health
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Created: 5/22/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.