About 1/3 of white women whose ancient ancestors evolved in Northern Europe inherit a set of genes that cause them to develop osteoporosis. There are no tests for these genes but it is easy to guess if you are someone with the osteoporosis genetic complex OCG.
To get started, are you a postmenopausal white woman? If yes, look at your family history. If you are not white, you probably do not have the OGC because it is genetically linked to skin color. Is there a history of hip, spine, and wrist fractures in your female relatives (but males count too)? If yes, you probably have the OGC. Do not panic. Remember postmenopausal osteoporosis PMO is a natural condition and it is treatable. The most important thing is finding out about it and then taking action to stop it.
The next step is to call your doctor and make an appointment. At the appointment, use what you have learned on this website on other sources to make the case for him or her to send you for a bone density test. The DXA test will tell the story. If it is normal, you are golden. It is unlikely that you have the OGC or will ever develop osteoporosis. There is no need to take calcium supplements go crazy exercising or take up Yoga. However, for immune health, I always recommend people take vitamin D3 daily and Yoga is a good idea too. If the test shows osteopenia, that is still fine, remember osteopenia is not a disease; rather it is simply a space between normal and osteoporosis. Many white women, about half in fact, have osteopenia and never become osteoporotic. Again, do not panic. Panic actually causes bone loss. I am not kidding, it really does, so go to Yoga and calm down.
Ask your doctor’s opinion what to do next. I do not treat osteopenia routinely and provide the reasons elsewhere on this website. If you have osteoporosis on the DXA, then treatment with one of the US FDA medications in needed with calcium citrate, vitamin D3, a high calcium diet, and moderate regular exercise to round out the prescription. It will not help to wait a year and do all the things you knew you should have done to prevent osteoporosis but did not. Many try this. It never works.
Follow your doctor’s advice. Your doctor knows you and your medical condition and has your best interests at heart. Avoid reading about the drugs on the Internet. Most of what is written there is effected by bias and not reliable. If a million people take anything some will have something happen to them and blame it on the drug whether the drug had anything to do with it or not.