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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 35 years experience
Severity: Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone. Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia.
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Dr. Aaron Neinstein
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
T-scores different: Osteoporosis is defined by a t-score of less than -2.5 on a bone density test (dexa). T-score compares your bone density to that of a healthy 30 year old woman, and describes the number of standard deviations you are away from that score. It is a disease where you have an increased risk of fracture. Osteopenia referred to a t-score between -1.5 and -2.5, but its use has fallen out of favor.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis?

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Rheumatology 35 years experience
Less bone loss: Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a T-score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion.
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