Getting a bone density check as part of a routine lifeline screening check is a very good idea. The cause of broken bones are often because of undiagnosed osteoporosis and had it been diagnosed earlier, the broken bone possibly could have been avoided.
What is a bone density test?
A bone density test is a scan that is done to determine the density of your bones an whether or not you are at risk of fracturing bone. The most common type of test is called the DXA (sometimes called DEXA) test. This test is fast, painless, and involves very little radiation. While the DXA alone is not enough to fully determine risk of fracture, it is enough information to help your doctor develop treatment plan.
The results of a DXA test is called a “T-Score”. The T-Score compares your bone density to that of a healthy young adult woman. If your T-Score is -2.5 or lower, you are considered to have osteoporosis. A T-Score of -2.5 or lower puts you at a greater risk of bone fracture.
When you schedule your next lifeline screening check, ensure you ask the doctor or medical professional administering the screening that you want an Osteoporosis/bone density test done as well. Osteoporosis has been dubbed the “silent disease” because until someone actually suffers a fracture as a result of this disease, no one really knows the full extent of damage it has done to their bones.
What are the warning signs of Osteoporosis?
What are the risk factors associated with Osteoporosis include:
• fractures in bones of the hip, wrist and spine
• change in posture
• sudden back pain
• loss of height
• a woman that is pre-menopausal
• Caucasian, Asian-American, and Hispanic race
• thin frame
• low calcium diet
• lack of exercise
• heavy alcohol consumption
Any one with any of the above warning signs or risk factors should schedule a bone density test with their doctor right away and have one done every year as part of their routine physical examination.
Make sure if you are over 50 years of age, have any of the above risk factors you are getting an annual bone density test done, you don’t want to become another statistic of a bone fracture that was the cause of a case of undiagnosed Osteoporosis.
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