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Will osteopenia eventually develop into osteoporosis?
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
"osteopenia" is not a disease.
It's a level of bone mineral density (bmd) that was literally invented due to being near but not as low as the osteoporosis bmd selected by the who in the 1990s. The fact is that some people with the "osteopenia" level bmd have more risk of fracture than others who meet the "osteoporosis" definition. Please, ask your doctor for a clinical risk frax analysis!

In brief: Not necessarily
"osteopenia" is not a disease.
It's a level of bone mineral density (bmd) that was literally invented due to being near but not as low as the osteoporosis bmd selected by the who in the 1990s. The fact is that some people with the "osteopenia" level bmd have more risk of fracture than others who meet the "osteoporosis" definition. Please, ask your doctor for a clinical risk frax analysis!
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Patients with osteopenia need to make sure they are getting adequate calcium and vitamin d intake (through diet or supplements), stop smoking and increase their weight-bearing exercises.
Doing the above will strengthen bones and prevent progression to osteoporosis.

In brief: No
Patients with osteopenia need to make sure they are getting adequate calcium and vitamin d intake (through diet or supplements), stop smoking and increase their weight-bearing exercises.
Doing the above will strengthen bones and prevent progression to osteoporosis.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Probably.
Osteopenia will likely progress to osteoporosis without aggressive preventive measures such as weight bearing exercise, calcium, vitamin D and perhaps bisphosphonates.

In brief: Probably.
Osteopenia will likely progress to osteoporosis without aggressive preventive measures such as weight bearing exercise, calcium, vitamin D and perhaps bisphosphonates.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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