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Bone Density Test: The Earlier, The Better

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 1:06 am (435 views — 430 words)

Aging for women comes not only with grace but also with high risk for bone loss as a natural consequence of diminished or absence of estrogen because of menopause. Poor bone integrity gets worse if the diet has inadequate food nutrients (calcium and vitamin D) and lifestyle is very inactive. Isn’t it a practical, even wise, decision for a woman nearing menopause to submit to a bone density test to prevent possible fractures and injuries?

Bone mineral density (BMD) is a test that appraises the calcium content as well as other minerals found in a bone tissue. The procedure is simple and does not warrant pain or huge cost but the results can be useful as it directs future actions towards saving the health of the bones. The results coming from the results of BMD are crucial as these affirm the health conditions of the bones of the patient and creates a basis in the subsequent treatment program to avert imminent risks like fractures and injuries.

The bone density test similarly determines bone strength. These findings are valuable to stop bone loss and to prevent it from developing into a more serious case of osteoporosis. It is always best to be forewarned as well as forearmed so the patient gets the chance to treat osteoporosis even before probable injuries happen.

DEXA scan or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan using safe levels of X-rays may similarly be used to administer bone density test. This test does not only yield accurate results, it similarly allows the testing of bones which are particularly at higher risk of being fractured such as wrists, fingers, heels and legs (peripheral or p-DEXA) and the hip and spine (central DEXA). T-scores and Z-scores are used to represent results with +1.0 and higher indicating healthy, strong bones. On the contrary, negative scores are indicative of weakness and bone loss that must be appropriately attended to.

Interestingly, aside from menopausal women, there are others who face the same affliction. Poor bone mass leading to osteoporosis and imminent risks of fractures also trouble the aging men and others who had fracture history, those who are using corticosteroids and those younger women in pills, those who have inadequate calcium and vitamin D in the foods they eat, those who have minuscule body frames, who do not exercise and are hooked to many vices like smoking, alcohol, drugs, etc. There is no substitute for the early detection of bone loss through BMD in preventing fractures, injuries and in saving the bones that do not only support a body but a life as well.