Osteoporosis results from a gradual loss of bone density throughout the skeleton. Osteoporosis puts a person at increased risk for bone fractures. Both men and women can be at risk for osteoporosis as they age. For women, the risk especially increases once they reach menopause.

A bone mineral density test called a DEXA scan is a method for determining your risk of a fracture due to osteoporosis. Since most women (particularly those younger than 65) who undergo a DEXA scan do not turn out to have osteoporosis, a number of tools have been developed to figure out whether or not someone would benefit from bone mineral density testing.

Here is one such tool based on the Simple Calculated Osteoporosis Risk Estimation (SCORE) method for postmenopausal women. While it does not include all risk factors for osteoporosis, it does include some that can be mathematically incorporated into an assessment tool.

If your results suggest that you are a candidate for bone mineral density testing, this does not mean that you have osteoporosis. It simply means you should talk to your doctor about having your bone mineral density formally evaluated.
Please answer the following questions:
1. How old are you?

2. How much do you weigh?    pounds
3. Which of the following most accurately describes your race?

4. Have you ever used hormone replacement therapy (estrogen or estrogen and progesterone)?
5. Have you ever been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis?
6. How many times have you broken any of the following bones from light trauma: forearm (including wrist), hip, or rib? (Do not include fractures that resulted from significant trauma like car accidents and major falls.)

EBSCO Information Services's proprietary interactive calculators provide general results based on input provided by the user that is calculated against measurements or formulas considered standard by various government agencies, including the USDA, CDC, and FDA. The inputted information consists only of single values (e.g., anthropometric data or activity levels) not detailed clinical information, and the results do not indicate or suggest a specific course of action unique to the user.