Osteopenia

  • Medical Author:
    Catherine Burt Driver, MD

    Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Who should be tested for osteopenia?

Not everyone needs to be tested for a decreased bone mineral density (osteopenia or osteoporosis). Your doctor can determine if you should be tested. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends the following groups of people be tested for osteopenia or osteoporosis:

  • Women 65 years and older and men 70 years and older
  • Postmenopausal women and men 50-69 years of age at increased risk for osteoporosis
  • Adults who have a bone fracture after age 50
  • Adults with a medical condition associated with bone loss (such as rheumatoid arthritis) or who take a medication that can cause bone loss (such as prednisone or other steroids)
  • Anyone being considered for prescription treatment for osteopenia or osteoporosis
  • Anyone being treated for osteoporosis to monitor treatment
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/4/2016

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