Bone Density Screening Recommendations
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends routine bone density testing (DEXA) at age 65 unless you are at an increased risk of a fracture. Risk factors include height less than 5’4”, weight less than 124 pounds, a bone fracture after age 50, a parent with a hip fracture, tobacco use, more than 3 servings of alcohol a day, onset of menopause at less than 45 years old, or a chronic illness that increases your risk of fracture.
If you are under the age of 65 and have one of the risk factors listed or have other concerns about your bone density, please schedule an appointment. We are happy to review your particular risks and to discuss the appropriate timing for your bone density testing.