Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the doctor

Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the doctor

Osteoporosis (“os-tee-oh-puh-ROH-sis”) is a bone disease that makes 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. If you are a woman age 65 or older, schedule a bone density test. And if you are age 64 or younger and you have gone through menopause, ask your doctor 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 on what the doctor says.

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 can I do to help prevent osteoporosis?
  • What steps can I take to help prevent falls and injuries?
  • Am I currently taking any medicines that cause bone loss?
  • How much calcium and vitamin D do I need each day?
  • Do you recommend that I get a bone density test?
  • If I have osteoporosis, what are my treatment options?