What is the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis?

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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What's the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis, and osteomalasia?

Degree of bone loss. Osteopenia is a mild to moderate degree of bone loss. Osteoporosis is a severe degree of bone loss. Osteomalacia results from poorly mineralized bone and would show a low density on testing even if there was a normal amount of bone. Diagnosis of osteomalacia is made by blood tests and, if necessary, by evaluating a small amount of bone taken from the pelvis. Read more...

What is the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis? What effect does nutrients like calcium and vitamin d have on these conditions?

Matter of degree. Osteopenia can simply refer to loss of bone substance (density) on x-rays. It can also mean bone loss not severe enough to be called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is density more than 2.5 standard deviations less than normal young people (t score less than -2.5). Osteopenia is T-score of -1.0 to -2.5. Calcium and vitamin d can help, but check with specialist. Other conditions can mimic osteoporosis. Read more...