Health Tip: You May Need a Bone Density Test
(HealthDay News) -- A bone density test measures the amounts of calcium and other minerals in your bones, and how likely you are to develop thin and brittle bones -- characteristics of a condition called osteoporosis.
The womenshealth.gov website says your doctor should evaluate the following factors before recommending a bone density test:
Your age, and whether you have become menopausal.
How tall you are and how much you weigh.
Whether you are a smoker and drink alcohol.
Your family history of a broken hip, particularly among your parents.
Medications you take.
Whether you have a disorder that increases your risk of osteoporosis.
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