About 25% of women and 5% of men 65 and over will get osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones become weak and puts you at a greater risk for broken bones. In fact, many people don’t know they have it until they break a bone. However, there are steps you can take to make your bones stronger and healthier.
A bone mass measurement can help to see if you’re at risk for broken bones. Once you know your risk, you can find ways to strengthen your bones early and prevent breaks and fractures. Medicare covers this test at no cost if your doctor accepts assignment.
World Osteoporosis Day is October 20—protect yourself by protecting your bones. Talk to your doctor about how you can keep your bones healthy.