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Friday, February 05, 2010 Lisa, Community Member, asks

Q: What does -2.1 mean on my bone density test?

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Pam Flores, Health Guide
2/ 6/10 6:35pm

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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By Lisa, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 02/05/10