Under 65? You may not need DXA

Lila de Tantillo Health Guide
  • A new article in the International Journal of Clinical Practice indicates that osteoporosis is infrequent among women under 65, even among those who break their forearm. While DXA bone scans (the most definitive test that screens for osteoporosis) are routinely recommended for women older than 65 and for those who have other risk factors (a history of fracture among them), this research indicates that may not be necessary for the younger set. Of course, it is always best to check with your doctor about your particular circumstances before making a decision in this regard. Nevertheless, it is reassuring to be reminded that an early fracture is not necessarily a definitive diagnosis of osteoporosis. You can check out the abstract at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2007.01395.x.

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Published On: November 02, 2007