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Turning 50? Be Aware of the New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screenings

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However, if you fall into a high-risk category, getting screened for it as young as age 50 is a wise idea.

High-risk factors include a family history of the disease, low body weight, and drug and alcohol use. Also, if you are Caucasian, you are at a greater risk than other ethnic groups.

However, there are certain drawbacks of being screened when you turn 50. These could include false-positive results, which may result in the prescription of medication you don’t even need. Some of the drugs used to treat the disease can have very serious, yet rare, side effects.

More than anything, this new recommendation may alert women who fall into the high-risk category to be proactive in their health. I know I will consider it when my 50th birthday rolls around. My 106-year-old grandma began to show signs of it in her late 80s and early 90s. In the years since then, the top of her head has gone from my face level to just below my chin, and she does walk with a stooped back. Years ago, she did have a problem with some vertebrae in her back, but she seems fine now. She rarely lets anything bother her. She has always let things just roll off her back, and now that she is stooped over a bit more than in her younger days, she can joke that things just slide right off much more quickly now, no problem. I love the way Grandma sees the positive in everything!

(Information for this post was found at http://www.aolhealth.com/condition-center/osteoporosis/new-osteoporosis-screening-guidelines?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-w%7Cdl3%7Csec3_lnk1%7C196213)

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