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What does a "low normal" bone density test mean?
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theresa Redling
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