• Lisa Lisa
    February 05, 2010
    What does -2.1 mean on my bone density test?
    Lisa Lisa
    February 05, 2010

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  • Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    February 06, 2010
    Pam Flores
    Health Guide
    February 05, 2010

    Hi Lisa, welcome...  Below is the World Health Organizations definition for t-scores.  If you have your DXA print out you can also find this at the bottom of the page on your report.

     

    Normal bone:  Any score above -1.0

    Osteopenia:  Any score between -1.0 and -2.5

    Osteoporosis:  Any score below -2.5

     

    Osteopenia is not a disease, like osteoporosis, and it means you have some bone loss for your age.

     

    Good luck to you and I hope your osteopenia doesn't get any worse.  With proper exercise (weight bearing) calcium (1200 mgs for over 50, and 1,000 for under 50) and vitamin D3 ( 800-1,000 IUs) a day should help you a lot.  Some feel the amount of D listed is low so discuss this with your Dr. to see if he or she wants you to increase it.


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