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Bone Density Tests for Osteoporosis

  • Published: 2009-03-22 (Revised/Updated 2010-10-13) : Author: Peter Clark
  • Synopsis: Effective detection and treatment for osteoporosis brittle bone disease and other bone conditions is having a bone density test done.

Degenerative bone diseases are very common. Many people drink all of the milk that they can in order to prevent osteoporosis from affecting them, but sometimes this is just not enough.

One of the main keys to effective treatment for osteoporosis, brittle bone disease and various other bone conditions is early detection. Here are some signs that may indicate that you should consider having a bone density test done, in order to determine whether or not you are at risk for a bone disorder.

Women between the ages of fifty-five and sixty-five, particularly those who have gone through or have began menopause, should consider having a bone density test. The reason is because bone health is known to decrease significantly among women who have gone through menopause, due to the drop in estrogen that the body experiences.

However osteoporosis is not a disease that is exclusive to those older amongst us, it is also possible to get osteoporosis at a younger age, though much rarer.

People who are over the age of fifty and have a family history of bone disease should also think about having a bone density test. Many bone conditions are known to be hereditary. Anyone who has a family history of brittle bone disease, a condition that also affects children, should have this test done at the first sign of bone disease.

Anyone who has problems with absorbing nutrients or who lacked a well balanced diet when they were younger should consider having a test for bone density. The reason is because diet is known to play a major role in bone health. If your diet does not consist of adequate amounts of Calcium, Vitamin D or other essential nutrients, there is a possibility that you may have a degenerative bone disease. Keep in mind that certain eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, may have prevented nutrient absorption.

Keep in mind that certain medical insurance companies may or may not cover the cost of a bone density test, depending on risk factors associated with your bone health. If you have gone through menopause, are on certain medications or have certain pre-existing medical conditions which may cause you to experience a bone disorder, it is possible that they may cover the cost. However, there are many insurance companies that will not cover the cost. Since a bone density test is an important key to prevention and treatment for a bone disorder, it is important to remember that it is well worth the cost if you can afford to cover it yourself.

So is a bone density test a waste of time

Absolutely not. It is an essential step in the way to finding out if you need to do something more to tackle a problem with brittle bones. And if you do, then bear in mind that there are some companies around that manufacture some of the very best organic treatments for osteoporosis, and you've probably never heard of them.

So get out there and grab yourself a bone density test if you're worried.

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