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Dr. David Djang
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Osteopenia (Definition)

Osteopenia is a low bone mineral density which puts one at ...Read more


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I had a DEXA scan today & it showed a -1.1 on the T score card at my lower spine. I was advised this very mild osteopenia. Shud I be concerned?

I had a DEXA scan today & it showed a -1.1 on the T score card at my lower spine. I was advised this very mild osteopenia. Shud I be concerned?

No: No, I would not be overly concerned. It would be good to do things that help maintain bone mass including weight bearing exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, avoid smoking, and probably a fu study in about 5 years would be standard recommendations. ...Read more

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Osteopenia of left femur neck. BMD g/cm2 0.649, T-score -1.8, Z-Score, -0.4. Would this require drug treatment. Total hip and Spine classified normal.

Osteopenia: At age 62 you should be a bit concerned but for now I would strongly suggest you check with the doctor whether or not your need drug therapy. Please let me know what your doctor said. ...Read more

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Spinal t-score of =5.2 just diagnosed. With proper exercise, diet, & medication is it possible to return to ostopenia level or better?

Spinal t-score of =5.2 just diagnosed. With proper exercise, diet, & medication is it possible to return to ostopenia level or better?

Significant: A t score of -5.2 is fairly severe osteoporosis. It can be improved, but, if possible, please work with a physician who specializes and/or has plenty of experience with this process. Depending on your state of health otherwise, you'll probably want to do a combination of proper nutrition, exercise and medication. ...Read more

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What is the lowest osteoporosis T-score on the DXA scan.?

What is the lowest  osteoporosis T-score on the DXA scan.?

< -2.5 requires tx: What is important is that a t-score < -2.5 is considered significant, and requires treatment. ...Read more

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Is a T-score of -3.7 osteo in the spine almost at the end of the score chart, and how dangerous is it? It was at -2.5 two years before ooph & meds?

Fracture: With a t-score that low, you are at great risk for fracture of your spine and perhaps other bones. You should see a specialist in mineral metabolism. You should receive treatment for your bone loss. ...Read more

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I know the T-score for osteoporosis is -2.5 but what is the lowest level recorded does it go to -7 or more I am worried incase mine gets any worse.

I know the T-score for osteoporosis is -2.5 but what is the lowest level recorded does it go to -7 or more I am worried incase mine gets any worse.

Osteoporosis: The t-score is not a measurement of actual bone density. It is a statistical comparison of how your bone density compares to normal females. The dexa scan will measure actual bone density and this can be tracked if necessary. ...Read more

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My t-score is low. What are the things I should do or shouldn't do?

My t-score is low. What are the things I should do or shouldn't do?

Weight bearing. : Not sure why t score measured at such young age. Makes me wonder if you have some predisposition to low t score. If so, risk factors should be identified and treated specifically. If this was measured just because, treatment should be regular wt bearing exercise plus a good diet with calcium approx 600 mg twice a day and vit d approx 800 mg daily. Repeat bmd in a few yrs to eval efficacy. ...Read more

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In simple terms, what is a t-score? Nothing to add but it's making me.

In simple terms, what is a t-score? Nothing to add but it's making me.

This : This is the way we describe how your bone density compares with average people your age and sex. Anything less than -2.5 is considered the disease osteoporosis. Scores between -1.0 and -2.5 is osteopenia. There are treatment options in both categories. The most important thing you can do for your bone health is to stay active. ...Read more

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