As people age, the body sometimes reabsorbs calcium and phosphate from the bones causing them to weaken. The loss of essential minerals in the bones or weakened blood vessels carrying nutrients can lead to brittle bones, osteoporosis, and even breaks. It’s often hard to be aware of bone loss until a fracture has occurred.

Here is some important information to keep in mind about bone mineral density and how to find out if you’re at risk for bone loss.

Why Is Bone Mineral Density Important?