There are tests that can be done to check for bone health to help determine if you are at risk for Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a silent disease that causes bones to break or fracture. Osteoporosis can affect the whole skeleton, but tends to cause the most fractures in the wrist, hip and spine. Many people who have Osteoporosis are unaware until they experience a break in one of these areas. Some of the other symptoms may be loss of height over the years, spinal deformities, back pain and broken bones after the age of 50. Genetics and gender play a part in risk factors for the disease. People over the age of 50 and women tend to be the most effected.

There is no cure of Osteoporosis, however, it is possible to prevent it in most cases. A diet rich in calcium and regular weight baring exercise such as walking can help prevent Osteoporosis.

For more information on Osteoporosis, its risk factors and steps for prevention, please contact the National Osteoporosis Foundation at 1-800-223-9994 or on line at www.nof.org.