U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Menu

Osteoporosis

Calcium: Shopping List

Use this list to shop for calcium-rich food to help build strong bones and prevent bone loss.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get a Bone Density Test

If you are age 65 or older, it’s time to get a test to find out your bone strength. A bone density test will tell you if you are at risk for osteoporosis.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Enough Calcium

Your body needs calcium to build strong bones. Many people are at risk for osteoporosis, or weak bones, which develops slowly over many years. Getting enough calcium each day will help prevent osteoporosis.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about ways to prevent weak bones.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Osteoporosis: Frequently Asked Questions

This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about osteoporosis, exercise, calcium intake, medications and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Osteoporosis Foundation

About Osteoporosis: Prevention and Healthy Living

Osteoporosis and the broken bones it can cause are not part of normal aging. Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. Find out what you can do to protect your bones.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Osteoporosis Foundation

African Americans and Osteoporosis

This publication discusses osteoporosis in African Americans and things you can do to help prevent osteoporosis.

Review Date: December 22, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Guide for Asian Women Aged 50 and Older

When you think about your health, you probably do not think about your bones. This document provides important information on keeping your bones healthy and reducing your risk of fractures by preventing osteoporosis as you get older.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Bone Mass Measurement: What the Numbers Mean

A bone mineral density (BMD) test is the best way to determine your bone health. The test can identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures (broken bones), and measure your response to osteoporosis treatment.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Bone Mass Measurements

Find out about Medicare coverage for bone density tests.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Calcium and Vitamin D: Important at Every Age

Calcium and vitamin D help build and maintain strong bones. Learn more about these important nutrients.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

Female Athlete Triad

Female athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. Learn to detect the signs and symptoms of this condition, as well as tips for female teen athletes to maintain good health and conditioning.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Find an Endocrinologist

Find an AACE member endocrinologist in your area who treats diseases relating to the endocrine system, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, obesity, and conditions related to the reproductive system.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Hip Fracture

You can break your hip at any age, but the great majority of hip fractures occur in people older than 65. Learn about causes and treatments, and how to prevent a hip fracture.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Isabel’s Story: How She and Her Family Learned About Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes your bones weak and more likely to break, Read this story about Isabel and how she and her family learned about osteoporosis and bone health.

Review Date: September 27, 2011

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

Managing Pain From a Broken Hip: A Guide for Adults and Their Caregivers

If you or the person you care for is an older adult hopitalized because of a hip fracture, this research-based guide can help you understand your condition, treatment choices, and ways to reduce pain.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Awareness Test

Find out if you have osteoporosis risk factors. Take the One Minute Risk Test. The test is available in English, French, Spanish and German.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

International Osteoporosis Foundation

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss associated with an increased risk of fractures. Learn what you can do to prevent osteoporosis, or if you have been diagnosed with the condition, how to keep it from getting worse.

Review Date: December 12, 2012

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Osteoporosis - National Women's Health Network

This fact sheet will help women understand osteoporosis – what it is, screening tests, treatment and prevention with prescription drugs, and alternative approaches to prevention.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

National Women's Health Network

Osteoporosis and African American Women

Osteoporosis is underrecognized and undertreated in African American women. Find recommendations to lower your risk of osteoporosis.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis and Arthritis: Two Common but Different Conditions

Many people confuse osteoporosis and some types of arthritis. This fact sheet discusses the similarities and differences between osteoporosis and arthritis, and lists recommended strategies for pain management such as yoga and massage therapy.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis and Asian American Women

This fact sheet offers information on osteoporosis and special issues for Asian American women regarding bone health. Risk factors, prevention, and treatments for osteoporosis is discussed.

Review Date: February 03, 2011

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis and Hispanic Women

This fact sheet offers information on osteoporosis and special issues for Hispanic women regarding bone health. Risk factors, prevention, and treatments for osteoporosis are discussed.

Review Date: November 27, 2012

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis in Men

This consumer health information fact sheet discusses the risk factors associated with osteoporosis in men, and prevention methods you can take to reduce your chances of developing this bone disease.

Review Date: August 14, 2012

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis Overview

Learn the risk factors for osteoporosis, and what you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Osteoporosis: Handout on Health

One in two women and as many as one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Learn the risk factors for osteoporosis, and what you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Review Date: December 21, 2011

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief

This online patient education fact sheet provides information about prevention, diagnosis and treatment options for osteoporosis, a common bone disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily--especially in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Osteoporosis: What Men Need to Know

Although women are at greater risk, osteoporosis can affect men also. Learn what puts men at risk and how to prevent bone loss and fractures.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Osteoporosis Foundation

Possible Fracture Risk With Osteoporosis Drugs- (PDF)

If you are taking drugs known as bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis, learn about a possible risk of a rare type of thigh bone (femoral) fracture issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Review Date: October 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Preventing Falls and Related Fractures

Falls are serious at any age, and breaking a bone after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages. This publication offers tips for reducing the chances of fall-related fractures that result from low bone mass and osteoporosis.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

Your Disease Risk

Welcome to Your Disease Risk, the source on prevention. Here, you can find out your risk of developing five of the most important diseases in the United States and get personalized tips for preventing them.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information

Your Disease Risk: Osteoporosis

To estimate your risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis and learn about ways to lower that risk, answer a few questions about your health, background, and lifestyle.

Review Date: February 15, 2011

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information