Osteopenia (cont.)

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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 which 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 10/28/2015

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