Symptoms Of Osteopenia

Lowered Bone Density

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Bone density refers to the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue. Lowered bone density is a very distinct symptom of osteopenia, and doctors can order testing to make a definite determination. If you are diagnosed with osteopenia, monitoring bone density will likely become a regular part of your routine. This allows your healthcare provider to keep track of your condition and help determine your risks.

Although it may sound scary, bone density testing really isn't bad. In fact, the simple versions of the test can even be performed at your local pharmacy. During the test, avoid wearing tight clothes or those with zippers, belts, and buttons. Also, avoid taking extra calcium twenty-four hours before the test as this can skew results. The test only takes around ten to thirty minutes. Knowledge is power, and the results of a bone density test can help you better understand osteopenia and how to live with it.

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