Should You Be Screened for Osteoporosis?

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has reaffirmed its 2011 screening recommendations for osteoporosis, or bone loss.

According to the USPSTF, more than 12 million Americans over age 50 are expected to have osteoporosis by 2020. Fractures related to bone loss – particularly hip fractures – are can cause chronic pain and disability, and decrease quality of life, and up to 30 percent of people who experience an osteoporotic hip fracture die within a year.

The USPSTF says that the evidence still supports its earlier recommendation for osteoporosis screening with bone measurement testing (usually a DXA scan) for women 65 and older and women under 65 who are at increased risk for osteoporosis, as determined by a clinical risk assessment. The USPSTF also says that, at present, there’s not enough evidence to assess the benefits and risks of screening for osteoporosis to prevent osteoporotic fractures in men.

Sourced from: JAMA