Osteoporosis (“os-tee-oh-puh-ROH-sis”) is a disease of the bones. It means your bones are weak 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. If you are age 50 or older, talk to your doctor about testing your bone strength.
Screening for osteoporosis (called a bone density test) is covered under the Affordable Care Act for some women over age 60. Medicare covers the test every 2 years for women who are at high risk for osteoporosis.
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get screened at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance provider.
What do I ask the doctor?
Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down before your appointment. Print these questions, and take them with you the next time you visit the doctor. You may want to take a family member or close friend along to help take notes.
- 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?
- How can I find out if I have weak bones?
- If I have osteoporosis, what are my treatment options?