The best way to approach your personal risk of osteopenia is to get a piece of paper and write down any of the following 12 signs (risk factors) that mean your bones might need attention. After you’ve made your personal risk factor list, check off those that you can control with bone-boosting changes, starting today. Talk to your doctor about the other signs or risk factors to see if further steps need to be taken to help prevent osteopenia and fractures.
Your doctor says you are at high risk of fractures. Now what? You should consider taking one of several excellent new medications that help to prevent and treat bone loss. While there is no cure for osteoporosis, some medications can help prevent it, slow it down, or stop and reverse its progress altogether. Because bone density is strongly connected to an increased risk for fractures, we know that as bone density improves, the risk of fractures drops.