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Osteoporosis Screening : An Important Preventive


As per the new guidelines for screening released by the U.S. preventive services task force all women who are of the age 65 or older should have a screening at least once to detect osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women who are below the age of 65 but do have a high risk of getting the disease also need to have a screening at least once.

As we age more the risk of getting the disease rises. In case you feel like your bones appear similar a 65 year old person or you feel you run the risk of getting a fracture just like a 65 year old person then it is time for you to undergo osteoporosis screening. Previously women of the age group 60 – 64 were only encouraged to get themselves screened for the test.

Women are more likely to get a fracture as compared to men as osteoporosis is known to affect women twice as much compared to men. No screening guidelines for men were released by the task force as enough research has not been done on men. But still they are recommended that if they are 70 years or older then they should get screened at least once. Also if men are 50 years or older then they should get the screening done as they run high risk of getting the disease.

Screenings for osteoporosis are not required to be received as frequent as additional screening tests like mammograms as the loss in the density of the bone happens at a rate slower than cancer development.

There are many risk factors of osteoporosis which can be easily controlled such as excess consumption of alcohol, smoking, low calcium consumption, leading a sedentary life and taking certain drugs. Such factors also include getting old, being a woman, having a chronic condition of the disease, being of Asian descent, being of white descent or the disease runs into the family.

Osteoporosis screening would help in the identification by people if they run a high risk of developing this disease. On identification the people can take proper medications in order to prevent the loss in bone mass and hence prevent any occurrence of broken bones in the future. But once you already have osteoporosis it is quite hard to construct new bone mass.

The women who reach the menopausal stage are at the greatest risk as their T scores drop suddenly leading to a decrease in bone density. Thus adequate research must be done in case of menopausal women so that they are not put at risk of this disease.