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Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Postmenopausal women: Osteopenia is when bones lose mass and weaken, but not enough for a diagnosis of osteoporosis. It happens most commonly in women who have gone through menopause. Other risk factors are low weight, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chronic use of steroids. It can only be diagnosed with a bone density test. See your doctor to find out if you're at risk for osteoporosis.
Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
40% of women age 65: 40% of women are osteopenic at age 65. (a DEXA scan and a frax score can help doctors decide what treatment to recommend.).

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Are some people more prone to getting osteopenia?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Yes: Risk factors include: family history of osteoporosis, white or Asian ethnicity, smoking, being underweight, excess alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle, and low calcium intake. Some of these are able to be modified to decrease an individual's risk.

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Last updated Jun 17, 2015

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