Features September 2018 Issue

Bone Health and Fracture Risk

A DXA scan measures bone density to find out if you are at increased risk for bone fractures.

Bone Health and Fracture Risk

To safeguard against bone fractures, keep your bones strong and prevent yourself from falling.

Bone density is measured with a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test, which provides a T-score that shows how much lower your bone density is than a typical healthy 30-year old adult. The two areas usually tested are the hip and spine. A T-score between -1 and -2.5 means your bone density is low and is called osteopenia. If the T-score is -2.5 or below, it means you have the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Both conditions increase the risk for bone fractures

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