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The strength of women

Learn why bone health matters.

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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. 
     
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Get a bone density scan

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Make an appointment now. 

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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.

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Will Medicare cover bone mass measurement?

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Medicare says: “Medicare covers this test once every 24 months (or more often) in certain cases. If the doctor accepts Medicare, you pay nothing for this test.” 

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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.