IOF One-Minute Risk Test Questions4

  1. Have either of your parents been diagnosed with osteoporosis or broken a bone
    after a minor fall (a fall from standing height or less)?
  2. Did either of your parents have a stooped back (dowager’s hump)?
  3. Are you 40 years old or older?
  4. Have you ever broken a bone after a minor fall, as an adult?
  5. Do you fall frequently (more than once in the last year) or do you have a fear of falling because you are frail?
  6. After the age of 40, have you lost more than 3 cm in height (just over 1 inch)?
  7. Are you underweight (is your Body Mass Index less than 19 kg/m2)?
  8. Have you ever taken corticosteroid tablets (cortisone, prednisone, etc.) for more than
    3 consecutive months (corticosteroids are often prescribed for conditions like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and some inflammatory diseases)?
  9. Have you ever been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis?
  10. Have you been diagnosed with an over-active thyroid, overactive parathyroid glands,
    type 1 diabetes or a nutritional/gastrointestinal disorder such as Crohn’s or celiac disease?
  11. For women over 45: Did your menopause occur before the age of 45?
  12. Have your periods ever stopped for 12 consecutive months or more
    (other than because of pregnancy, menopause or hysterectomy)?
  13. Were your ovaries removed before age 50, without you taking Hormone
    Replacement Therapy?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions it does not mean that you have osteoporosis. Positive answers simply mean that you have clinically-proven risk factors which may lead to osteoporosis and fractures.

Even if you have no or few risk factors, you should discuss your bone health with your doctor and monitor your risks in the future.