Who is at risk?
Above all, women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis than men. In fact, 80 percent of individuals affected by the disease are women. But certain women are at a higher risk than others, including women who are thin, at an advanced age, have a family history of osteoporosis or are postmenopausal.
Why do I need a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test?
A BMD test can detect osteoporosis before a bone fracture occurs and predict your chances of fracturing in the future. Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, treatment can help slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density and reduce fracture risk.
When do I need a BMD test?
Your physician can analyze your risk factors and help you determine whether or not you should have a BMD test. However, all women over 65 should receive regular BMD tests.
What should I do to prepare for my BMD test?
Nothing! The total body DEXA Scanner at the Women's Diagnostic Center is noninvasive... you don't even need to change into an examination robe, as long as you aren't wearing anything with metal (zippers, buttons, etc.).
To learn more about osteoporosis, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website.