A useful tool to help keep track of your bone health history

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The National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA) provides newly-diagnosed patients with many helpful resources, including a print-out card to help keep track of key information related to patient diagnosis and care.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation'sJust Diagnosed Packet’ includes several informative leaflets to help patients learn how they can protect their bones through proper nutrition, exercise, and safe movement.

One unique resource included in the packet is the Bone Health History Card. The Card, which can be freely downloaded and printed, helps patients keep track of important information about key data related to their bone health history.

It's a helpful resource which can be highly recommended to any osteoporosis patient, in any country around the world. The Bone Health History Card should be taken to medical appointments so that healthcare providers have a succinct overview of the patient’s osteoporosis-related history, specifically in regard to:

  • Osteoporosis medications prescribed: information such as name of medication, dosage, stop/start dates, special instructions
  • Bone density testing information: date of scan, T-scores for hip/femoral neck and spine
  • Supplements taken: supplement name, amount of calcium or vitamin D in each dose etc.

> Download: My Bone Health History Card

Keeping track of diagnostic and treatment information is essential - and helps patients stay informed and correctly adhere to prescribed medication. This is especially important for older osteoporosis patients who may be taking multiple medications, and who see different specialists for different disorders.

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