Click here to find your risk for osteoporosis.
This tool measures the risk for developing thin and brittle bones (osteoporosis) in women age 45 and older. It is based on information from the Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Instrument.1
This tool is for most women age 45 and older. The results may not be accurate for women who have serious health problems. And it may not be accurate for women who have taken medicines such as corticosteroids for a long time.
The answers you choose in the tool are related to four of the major risk factors for osteoporosis. They are:
Other risk factors that affect both men and women include:
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|Risk of Osteoporosis|
Your score is based on your answers to questions about your gender, age, weight, and use of estrogen:2
It's important to remember that there are other risk factors for osteoporosis and that having more than one risk factor means your risk may be higher. A woman who is younger than 45 may have risk factors for osteoporosis that are not measured by this tool.
Age in years
|75 or older||15|
|65 to 74||9|
|55 to 64||5|
|45 to 54||0|
Weight in pounds (kilograms)
|132 lb (60 kg) or less||9|
|133 lb (60 kg) to 153 lb (69 kg)||3|
|154 lb (70 kg) or more||0|
Currently taking estrogen (alone or in combination with progesterone)
If you are concerned about your results, talk to your doctor. A diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on your medical history, a physical examination, and a test to measure your bone thickness (density). The most accurate test is called a DEXA scan.
Osteoporosis Canada recommends that all women and men age 65 and older have a bone mineral density test to screen for osteoporosis. If you are at increased risk for fractures caused by osteoporosis, screening should begin earlier. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and whether you should be tested for osteoporosis before age 65.3
For help deciding if and when testing is right for you, see the topic:
Getting regular exercise and eating a diet that has enough calcium and vitamin D can reduce your chances of severe bone thinning. For more information, see the topic Osteoporosis.
Source: Cadarette SM, et al. (2000). Development and validation of the osteoporosis risk assessment instrument to facilitate selection of women for bone densitometry. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 162(9): 1289–1294.
Source: Cadarette SM, et al. (2004). The validity of decision rules for selecting women with primary osteoporosis for bone mineral density testing. Osteoporosis International, 15: 361–366.
- Cadarette SM, et al. (2000). Development and validation of the Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Instrument to facilitate selection of women for bone densitometry. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 162(9): 1289–1294.
- Cadarette SM, et al. (2004). The validity of decision rules for selecting women with primary osteoporosis for bone mineral density testing. Osteoporosis International, 15: 361-366.
- Papaioannou A, et al. (2010). 2010 clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in Canada: Summary. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 182 (17): 1864–1873.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||October 20, 2010|
Last Revised: April 20, 2012
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