The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to review current medical practices and issue recommendations based on their findings. But their recommendations regarding osteoporosis screenings have been a subject of
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It’s a question that should concern all women: “What is osteoporosis?” Yet it also should concern men, who may not be aware they also could be at risk for the disease.
What Is Osteoporosis? It Starts With an Imbalance
You may not realize that your bones—like all your body tissues—are metabolically active,
For women 50 and older, the chances of experiencing a bone fracture are astonishingly high. When should you be tested for bone density?
A DEXA scan, also written as DXA scan, is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and it’s a test that measures the strength of your bones as you age. A DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older. But
Prior to menopause, the hormone estrogen helps women maintain their bone density. However, after the onset of menopause, estrogen levels drop and bone loss increases, placing women at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Bone mineral density (BMD) testing can keep track of bone loss, but which risk factors should guide