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What does the T score of your bone mineral density test mean?

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The T score compares your bone density with a healthy, young adult of your gender. Here's what the scores mean:

? -1 and above: Your bone density is normal.

? -1 to -2.5: Your bone density is low, and it may lead to osteoporosis.

? -2.5 and above: You have osteoporosis.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Osteoporosis Tests.”

New York State Department of Health: “Bone Mineral Density Testing.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Bone Density Exam/Testing.”

National Institutes of Health, Senior Health: “Osteoporosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bone Density Test.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Get a Bone Density Test.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Bone Density Test.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Osteoporosis Tests.”

New York State Department of Health: “Bone Mineral Density Testing.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “Bone Density Exam/Testing.”

National Institutes of Health, Senior Health: “Osteoporosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bone Density Test.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Get a Bone Density Test.”

Columbia University Medical Center: “Bone Density Test.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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