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Who should get a bone mineral density test?

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Your doctor may recommend a bone density test if:

  • You’re a postmenopausal woman over 50
  • You’re a woman at the age of menopause and have a high chance for breaking bones
  • You’re a man 50 or older with other risk factors
  • You break a bone after 50
  • You’ve lost more than 1.5 inches of your adult height
  • Your posture is more hunched
  • You have back pain without any cause
  • Your periods have stopped or are irregular but you’re not pregnant nor menopausal
  • You’ve had an organ transplant
  • You’ve had a drop in hormone levels

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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