Osteoporosis Screening

Osteoporosis screening involves taking a bone density test. The test compares your bone density to the average bone density of people your age. If your bone density is below the average, you may have osteoporosis. The test results will be reported as a T-score, which is measured in standard deviations above or below the norm. The test also considers age, gender, ethnicity, and weight. It is important to note that a T-score of -2.5 indicates osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis screening is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. While screening rates are still low, they are growing. Family physicians have also been asked to take on greater responsibility for osteoporosis management. This consumer information booklet will help you understand more about osteoporosis screening.

Women and men with risk factors for osteoporosis should undergo a routine screening. A doctor will consider recent changes in posture and height, as they can indicate osteoporosis. It is also helpful to share your health history with your doctor. Osteoporosis screening is a preventive measure that can lead to improved mobility and quality of life.

Age-related bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including hormonal changes or a calcium/vitamin D deficiency. About 50% of women are at risk for osteoporosis, and a fracture can result in significant disability and even death. A screening for osteoporosis can help identify this condition in early stages and prevent a major crisis.

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