The strength of women
Learn why bone health matters.
We work hard and carry the weight of those we love. But even with our strength, thinning of the bones affects women more than men.
Every woman should ask about a bone density test to check for thinning bones, or osteoporosis. Here's why:
- Women have less bone mass than men.
- Women tend to live longer.
- Women absorb less calcium, which you need to keep your bones healthy.
- Bone loss speeds up after menopause.
- You may not know you have osteoporosis until your symptoms are severe.
- It can cause frequent broken bones and low back pain.
- Over time, you can get shorter or have a hunched back.
Broken bones from osteoporosis put more people in the hospital than heart attacks, strokes or breast cancer.
Facts about bone density testing
Bone density testing:
- Doesn't hurt.
- Is non-invasive (nothing enters your body).
- Only takes 10–15 minutes.
- Measures the bones in your hip, spine and sometimes wrist.
A bone density scan is the best way to find out if you have a problem — before you break a bone. Show how strong you are: get a bone density test today.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.