Count each bullet point that applies to you personally.

  • Female
  • Having a family member or relative with a hip fracture by the age of 50
  • Excessive carbonated soft drink consumption (4 or more per day)
  • Underweight
  • Smoker
  • Habitually low calcium intake
  • Drinking alcohol (3 or more drinks per day)
  • Menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Being inactive (less than 20 minutes of weight bearing exercise, less than 3 days/week)
  • Dementia or Alzheimers disease
  • Use of anti-seizure medication

If you have two or more of these risk factors, you should consider getting a DEXA scan screening test to determine how much bone loss you have and to determine if you need therapy to prevent fractures in the future.

Your OrthoVirginia physician can assist you in determining your best course of treatment to prevent further bone loss or to prevent the occurrence of bone loss. 

To learn more, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website.