One of the best kept secrets in all of medicine is that a tool exists which can accurately predict your risk of breaking bones! If you think I’m talking about a bone density scan (DEXA), think again. A lesser known calculator called the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) was launched by researchers at the University of Scheffield in 2008. This tool incorporates several key risk factors for broken bones to paint a complete picture of your bone health. For some, the FRAX calculator will provide needed reassurance. For others, it may provide a harsh wake up call… But shouldn’t everyone be armed with this information? Since the entire purpose of osteoporosis treatment is preventing broken bones… doesn’t it make since to make your treatment decisions based on your personal fracture risk instead of just a T-score?
As you may have guessed, determining your risk of breaking a bone is not an easy process. Your bone density (T-score) is one of the most important factors, but your T-score is only a measure of your bone density. It does not account for other key contributors to bone strength including bone mineral composition, bone shape and structure, as well as your age, genetics and lifestyle choices.
Continue reading to learn how to calculate your personal risk of breaking bones!