Can Bone Mineral Density (BMD)
Testing Prevent Osteoporosis-Related Fractures?
The National Osteoporosis
What Can You Do to Prevent
Bone Mineral Density
· Specialized tests that measure bone density in
various sites of the body
· Detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs
· Predict chances of future fracture
· Determine rate of bone loss
· Monitor effects of treatment by repeating BMD every
· BMD is recommended in:
o Women ages 65 and older
o Postmenopausal women who have a history of fractures
or who have multiple risk factors
o Men who have certain conditions that are high risk
for osteoporosis (like steroid use)
o Men and women who have been treated for osteoporosis
for prolonged periods
· Increase in BMD testing and osteoporosis treatment
is ASSOCIATED WITH A DECREASE IN HIP FRACTURE INCIDENCE!
o Secondary causes of osteoporosis should be excluded
before initiating treatment with common causes being medications and
parathyroid and thyroid problems
What Are Other Ways to Prevent
Osteoporosis-Related Fractures besides BMD Testing?
For more information
Black, Judith and Mary
Weaver. "Bone Mineral Density
Osteoporosis-Related Fractures." Practitioners
Journal of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield(2008): 24-25.