Commonly referred to as “the silent thief,” osteoporosis often goes undiagnosed until a bone fractures. At this point, the disease is already fairly advanced. Because loss of bone mass occurs over a number of years, and many people don’t experience symptoms or signs of the disease until it’s too late, early detection of bone loss is critical in preventing osteoporotic fractures.
The Know Your Risk assessment tool, available here, is an important first step to determine your risk for osteoporosis and can help guide conversations with your doctor about your bone health. From there, a bone mineral density (BMD) test can tell you whether you have osteoporosis, or how likely you are to develop it in the future. Here is more information to help you understand testing.