According to the US Preventative Services Task Force, women who are over 65 or have already gone through menopause should regularly be screened for osteoporosis. Women, especially women after menopause, are at much higher risk of this health issue than men because their bones are already less sturdy to start with, and decreases in estrogen caused by menopause make this issue even more serious. Without routine testing, at-risk women may not learn that they have osteoporosis when it causes them to fracture a bone.
- Osteoporosis risk is highest for older women and those who are post-menopausal.
- Since there are no obvious symptoms many women never realize that they have the disease until the fall and get a fracture.
- Women suffer more than men from the disease, in part because their bones are inherently more fragile and because protective estrogen drops after menopause.
“Early detection of osteoporosis is vital so that treatment can be administered to reduce the risk of breaks and fractures.”