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Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the doctor

Osteoporosis (“os-tee-oh-puh-ROH-sis”) is a bone disease that makes your bones weaker and more likely to break. Anyone can get osteoporosis, but it’s most common in older women.

Ask your doctor or nurse about steps you can take to prevent weak bones and lower your risk for osteoporosis. And if you are age 50 or older, find out if you need to get a bone density test.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. You may also want to take a family member or close friend along to help take notes.

Print these questions, and take them with you the next time you visit the doctor.

  • Am I at risk for osteoporosis?
  • What puts me at risk for osteoporosis?
  • What foods can I eat to help prevent osteoporosis?
  • What kinds of physical activity can I do to help prevent osteoporosis?
  • Am I currently taking any medicines that cause bone loss?
  • How much calcium and vitamin D do I need each day?
  • How can I get enough calcium?
  • What is a bone density test?
  • Do you recommend that I get a bone density test?
  • If I have osteoporosis, what are my treatment options?