Easy-to-spot osteoporosis signal

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It's normal to shrink about an inch in later adulthood. But losing more height could be a sign of osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease that can lead to deadly fractures.

In a new study of more than 2,100 women, researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus found that those who had shrunk 2 to 3 inches were five times more likely to have osteoporosis of the hip than those who had lost less than an inch. Women who had lost 3 or more inches were 10 times more likely to have the disease.

Ask your doctor to start tracking your height yearly in your 40s, so you don't miss a big clue.

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By K. A.

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