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Am I at Risk?

Am I at risk?

Who should undergo a bone density scan?

Men and women who:

  • Have broken a bone after a minor trauma.
  • Feel that they have become shorter during the past few years.
  • Have a family history of osteoporosis.
  • Have used steroids for a prolonged period.
  • Do not engage in regular physical activity.
  • Regularly consume alcohol, caffeine or smoke.
  • Have a medical condition which affects the absorption of foods (such as Crohn’s disease, Coeliac or Ulcerative colitis).
  • Are underweight or have developed an eating disorder.
  • Are above the age of 40, as a routine checkup.

Women who:

  • Have had an early menopause or hysterectomy (before the age of 45).
  • Have missed their period for six months or more (excluding pregnancy).

Men who:

  • Have low testosterone levels.

The examination cannot be performed on people who weigh more than 120 kg. In addition, it cannot be performed on pregnant women.

How can it be detected?

Bone density scans assist in the early detection of osteoporosis by measuring the bone density and using these measurements to evaluate a person’s susceptibility to fractures. The lower a person’s level of bone density, the higher the risk of a fracture.

Today, there are a number of known treatments for preventing or inhibiting osteoporosis, and therefore bone density scans can provide some preliminary guidance for treatment. The scan is neither invasive nor painful, and the level of radiation is very low. In addition, the diagnosis is easy, quick and accurate.

Can osteoporosis be prevented?

Yes    –  Osteoporosis can be prevented by early detection, appropriate medical treatment, a well-balanced diet and physical activity.