Health Tip: Getting a Bone Density Test

By on January 25, 2010

A bone density test measures bone strength and mass — indicators of a person’s risk for developing osteoporosis.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital says these factors may indicate the need for a bone density test:

  • Having had a bone fracture, perhaps stemming from loss of bone mass.
  • Having a close relative — notably a mother or grandmother — who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis or who fractured a bone.
  • Having taken over the long-term medications that can cause bone loss, including corticosteroids and certain anti-seizure drugs.
  • Having physical risk factors, such as a slender build, low body weight or fair skin.
  • Being a smoker or heavy drinker.

Source: HealthDay

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