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10 osteoporosis questions to ask your GP

Are you concerned about bone fractures but feel unsure about what questions to ask your GP about osteoporosis?

Do you have a mother or sister who’s had a hip or spinal fracture? If so, you certainly have reason to be concerned. Even if osteoporosis doesn’t run in your family, you still need to address your risk factors. You may also need to talk to your GP about a bone density test.

Osteoporosis leads to thinning bones. It is a major cause of bone fractures as people get older, but fractures can be prevented. Sometimes it’s difficult to know how to get started. Knowing the right questions about osteoporosis to ask your GP is a good first step. The answers can help you keep your bones strong and prevent both osteoporosis and fractures.

What are some questions about osteoporosis I can ask my GP?

Here are 10 questions about osteoporosis to discuss with your GP, whether you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or want to know how to prevent osteoporosis.

  • How can I prevent fractures?
  • How much exercise do I need to increase bone strength, and which exercises do you recommend?
  • How much calcium and vitamin D do I need every day, and can I get this through supplements?
  • What are some other lifestyle changes I should make now to keep my bones strong?
  • Are there ways to keep my osteoporosis from worsening?
  • Are there safe osteoporosis medications that prevent bone loss?
  • Can medication taken for other conditions and diseases cause bone loss?
  • Is HRT or oestrogen therapy safe for preventing osteoporosis?
  • How frequently should I have a bone density test?
  • What does my T-score result mean? (A T-score is the result of a bone density test.)

What type of doctor should I see about osteoporosis prevention and treatment?

Most doctors are knowledgeable about osteoporosis and fractures. So in most cases your GP is very qualified to help you prevent and treat osteoporosis.

Your GP also knows your medical history, including specific illnesses you have had and medication you’re taking. So your GP is a good place to start to find help for keeping your bones strong and preventing fractures. Talk to your GP about your concerns.

In some cases, if you already have osteoporosis, your GP may recommend that you see a doctor that specialises in treating osteoporosis. For example your GP may refer you to an endocrinologist. For treating osteoporosis fractures you may need to see an orthopaedic surgeon.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on May 30, 2017

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