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Can you tell me the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Severity

Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone.
Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia.

In brief: Severity

Both osteopenia and osteoporosis indicate there is too little calcium in the bone.
Osteoporosis is more severe, and suggests a higher risk for future fractures (broken bones), compared to osteopenia, or normal bone. Depending on other risk factors, medical treatment is usually recommended for osteoporosis, and sometimes advised for osteopenia.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Aaron Neinstein
Internal Medicine
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In brief: T-scores different

Osteoporosis is defined by a t-score of less than -2.
5 on a bone density test (dexa). T-score compares your bone density to that of a healthy 30 year old woman, and describes the number of standard deviations you are away from that score. It is a disease where you have an increased risk of fracture. Osteopenia referred to a t-score between -1.5 and -2.5, but its use has fallen out of favor.

In brief: T-scores different

Osteoporosis is defined by a t-score of less than -2.
5 on a bone density test (dexa). T-score compares your bone density to that of a healthy 30 year old woman, and describes the number of standard deviations you are away from that score. It is a disease where you have an increased risk of fracture. Osteopenia referred to a t-score between -1.5 and -2.5, but its use has fallen out of favor.
Dr. Aaron Neinstein
Dr. Aaron Neinstein
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