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How would I know if I have osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is diagnosed with the help of a bone density scan. It is called a ‘silent disease’, as it usually develops without any symptoms. Bone mass and strength should be measured regularly with bone scans.

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Osteoporosis is known as a ‘silent disease’ as it usually develops without any symptoms. A simple, painless scan of the hips and spine (called a DEXA scan) is currently the most accurate and reliable means of assessing bone mass and the presence or risk of osteoporosis. Signs to look out for and to report to your physician include: sudden and severe back pain, loss of height, or a broken bone resulting from low impact.

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