Who Should Be Tested

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The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density measurements for:

  • Women age 65 and above
  • Post-menopausal women with one or more additional risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Post-menopausal women with fractures
  • Women considering therapy for osteoporosis
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods of time

Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • History of osteoporotic fracture
  • History of an osteopathic fracture in a first-degree relative
  • Being Caucasian or Asian, although African Americans and Hispanic Americans are at signficant risk as well
  • Advanced age
  • Female sex
  • Dementia
  • Poor health/frailty
  • Medications such as corticosteroids
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Low body weight (below 127 lbs.)
  • Estrogen deficiency
  • Low calcium intake
  • Alcoholism
  • Impaired eyesight despite adequate correction
  • Recurrent falls and inadequate physical activity

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