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Bone Health & Osteoporosis
As you age, you naturally lose bone density. In fact, the body reaches peak bone mass at age 30 and between ages 40 and 50 men and women may lose a total of 25 percent of their bone density*.
What increases your risk?
- Being female
- Getting older
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Not getting enough exercise
- A diet low in calcium and vitamin D
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Osteoporosis doesn’t always have symptoms. You may experience pain in your bones and muscles, particularly the back. Common tests for osteoporosis include:
- DEXA scan, which measures the mass of bone in relation to volume to find the risk of getting osteoporosis
- Blood tests to measure calcium and potassium levels
*Source: Bone Health and Osteoporosis, a Report of the Surgeon General