What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?

Very little! When the world health organization arbitrarily set a level of bone mineral density (bmd) below which a person was said "to have" osteoporosis, the opportunity was immediately seized by interested parties to declare a range better than that density but adjacent to it as "osteopenia". Above that is called "normal" bmd is a continuum! normal is normal. Low normal means normal.
Osteopenia. Norma bone density measurements are compared to normla young bones, called the t score. A t score of 1 is normal. The more negative the number the worse the bone density is. So a t score of more negative then -2.5 is osteoposrosis. Osteopenia(pre osteoporosis) is therefore between 1 and -2.5 scores.

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Had bone density test that's normal. But have 4 compression fractures in spine. 50% height loss. 2 hat would cause this. Vit d is a bit low?

Fractures. Normal bone density with four vertebral fractures does not make sense. The bone is my specialty. Hopefully you have had the proper tests done and treatment started. If not you must do so immediately. There some women, about 15 over the last few years while pregnant or 6 months after birth who also have unexpected fractures. See an endocrinologist and orthopedist. Read more...

23yr f broke both feet 5th metatarsal neck, seeing a podiatrist, is this normal? Should I request a bone density test? Very active; did crossfit/run

I say no. You are young and relatively healthy. No need fot bone density scan. You activity is what predisposed you to the fractures. Bone density wiuld be for if you had health issues, were older and menapausal, or had frequent breaks tuat take longer than usual to heal. Read more...
Yes you should. It is not typically normal to break both 5th metatarsals. However, since you are very active and do crossfit/run, you may be more susceptible to breaks. I would recommend a bone density test. Read more...
5th MT FRACTURE. You should have this followed with serial xrays to monitor alignment and healing. Any family history of fractures? Bone health for women is very important. Calcium supplement, vitamin d and exercise is very important. A bone density test is an excellent idea to evaluate for any early loss of bone mass ! -h-. Read more...