Osteoporosis Risk Questionnaire

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Osteoporosis Risk Questionnaire

Topic Overview

A study done in 2000 found that answering a few simple questions can help determine whether you are at risk for developing osteoporosis.1

Add the number of points for your answers to the following questions, then follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Osteoporosis risk questionnaire

1. What is your gender?

 
  

Women: Continue to the next question.

 
  

Men: Click here to read about your risk.

 

2. How old are you?

 
  

44 years or younger: Click here to read about your risk.

 
  

45 to 54 years

0 points

  

55 years to 64 years

6 points

  

65 years to 74 years

9 points

  

75 years or older

15 points

3. How much do you weigh?

 
  

132 lb (60 kg) or less

9 points

  

133 lb to 153 lb (60 kg to 69 kg)

3 points

  

154 lb (70 kg) or more

0 points

4. Do you currently take estrogen?

 
  

Yes

0 points

  

No

2 points

  

Total

 

Answer key:

  • Women scoring 8 points or less, click here to read about your risk.
  • Women scoring 9 points or more, click here to read about your higher risk.

Related Information

References

Citations

  1. 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.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Last RevisedNovember 6, 2012



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