Frequent question: Do men get tested for osteoporosis?

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Should men be tested for osteoporosis?

It’s really important for both men and women to get a test for osteoporosis before it becomes a fracture. In most cases, we can prevent the fracture with treatment if we know that the patient has osteoporosis or osteopenia, which is when your bone density is less than normal but not yet at the level of osteoporosis.

Do males get bone density test?

Many people get a bone-density test every few years. The main reason to have the test is to find and treat serious bone loss. But most men, and women under age 65, probably don’t need the test.

What age should men be screened for osteoporosis?

Age older than 70 years. Low body weight (body mass index [BMI] < 20 to 25 kg/m 2) Greater than 10% weight loss (relative to the usual young or adult weight or weight loss in recent years)

When does osteoporosis start?

Osteoporosis can occur at any age, although the risk for developing the disease increases as you get older. For many women, the disease begins to develop a year or two before menopause. Other factors to consider include: Osteoporosis is most common in non-Hispanic white women and Asian women.

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What happens if your bone density is low?

A person may have low bone mass at any age but not develop osteoporosis. However, if a person has low bone mass and continues to lose bone density, this may lead to osteoporosis. A combination of low bone mass and a risk factor for fracture may increase your risk for broken bones, too.

Is bone density test painful?

A bone density test is like an x-ray or scan of your body. The test doesn’t hurt, and you don’t need to do anything to prepare for it. It only takes about 15 minutes.

Why would a doctor order a bone scan?

Your doctor may order a bone scan if you have unexplained skeletal pain, a bone infection or a bone injury that can’t be seen on a standard X-ray. A bone scan can also be an important tool for detecting cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bone from the tumor’s original location, such as the breast or prostate.

How often should you be screened for osteoporosis?

Women 65 years and older with normal bone mass or mild bone loss can have a test every 15 years. More frequent testing is recommended for women in this age group with T-scores between -1.5 and -2.49.