Around 6.6 million Australians have low bone density, where early detection can help to prevent osteoporosis.
As part of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, Osteoporosis Australia is posing the question, how dense are you? This is to help identify the millions of Australians who are living with the condition, to help "strengthen the nation's bones".
A simple 'dense test' was released on October 17 and is part of a national awareness drive to make people aware of the risk of brittle bones.
The release of new fracture guidelines were also released, recommending for the first time that all men at risk of osteoporosis have a bone density scan of the spine.
There are currently 5.4 million Australians who have osteopenia – low bone density – with 1.2 million living with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is known as the 'silent disease' that leads to reduced bone strength and increased risk of fracture, particularly in the hip, spine and wrist.
Density risk factors include a family history of osteoporosis or broken hip, early menopause for women, low testosterone levels for men, loss of height (3cm or more) and overactive thyroid among other factors.
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