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Checkup for Bone Health

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The “Checkup for Bone Health” Questionnaire.

Recently, I had a checkup for bone health without leaving my home. I found the bone health check-up questionnaire on the website of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. I did the “Check up on Your Bones” questionnaire in about 5 minutes online. The bone checkup information here is based on the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Osteoporosis and Bone Health.

Your answers to the questions are private, and will not be saved and you are never asked to identify yourself. The online questions asked me my gender, age, and weight, and then asked me how much calcium and exercise I get.

Those were the answers I had to consider for a while. A question asked how much calcium I get from foods on a daily basis. Fortunately, there is a helpful calcium counter provided which lists common foods and their calcium content so you can calculate the amount of calcium you take in from your meals. The questionnaire also asks about vitamins and supplements and medications you may take. These medications may affect the effectiveness of the calcium you take or your risk factors for falling. For example, dizziness caused by high or low blood pressure will tend to make one more likely to fall. Falls often cause broken bones.

The checkup for bone health also asks about frequency of exercise both weight-bearing exercise and other exercises.

Exercise strongly affects the health of bones.

Your own medical history of bone breaks and that of your parents are also covered in the check-up. One interesting fact I found on the questionnaire was that the experience of bone breaks after age 50 is a strong indicator to look more closely at one’s bone density and overall bone health.

After the checkup for bone health survey questions, general advice is given based on your answers. The results of my own questionnaire were positive about my bone health. I found the check-up quick and easy to do and the advice understandable and practical.

This summer, as you are more active in the garden, when you are traveling or engaging in recreational activities, you are probably more aware of your strength and the importance of strong bones when you are doing what you want to do. Take a moment to do your “Checkup Your Bone Health” questionnaire.

Your thoughts are welcome.

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