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How Healthy Are Your Bones? Your Anti-Osteoporosis Plan

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How Healthy Are Your Bones?

If you answer yes to one or more of the bone-loss risk-factor questions, ask your doctor if you should get screened for osteoporosis. The more yeses, the greater your risk for developing the condition.

The Bone-Density Test

Do you have a family history of fractures or osteoporosis?

Are you small-framed or very thin?

Have you missed your period for three months or longer?

Do you work out more than seven hours or fewer than two hours a week?

Have you ever been anorexic or bulimic?

Are you a smoker or heavy drinker?

Is your diet low in dairy and vitamin D?

Have you used thyroid meds or another steroid in the past three months?

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, April 2009.

 

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