After menopause, bones lose mass and density more
rapidly than before menopause. Postmenopausal women are more likely to
experience broken bones, such as hip fractures and compression fractures of the
spinal bones. Women who have osteoporosis lose height because of bone loss.1
A bone density scan can detect thinning bones at an early stage. If you already have osteoporosis, bone scans can also tell you how fast the disease is progressing.
But an abnormal bone scan can create as many questions as it answers. Who should get a bone density scan, and what do the results mean? If your bone density is below normal, what can you expect, and what should you do?
Discuss your long-term risk of osteoporosis with your doctor. Other
medicines are available to prevent or treat osteoporosis related to
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North American Menopause Society (2010). Estrogen and
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
May 4, 2010
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May 04, 2010
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