Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, causing bones to become thin and weak. This leads to increased risk of fracture, particularly in the hip, spine and wrist. The disease is often called the “silent thief” because it gradually robs the bones of strength over time. Often there are no signs or symptoms until a bone fractures. Early detection is critical to preventing fractures.
It is estimated 2 million Canadians are affected by Osteoporosis. Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal women over the age of 50. If your risk factors indicate you are at high risk, a bone mineral density (BMD) test is generally recommended. It is a simple, painless test that measures the amount of bone in the spine and hip. A BMD is the gold standard test to determine if you have osteoporosis.