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Do lots of people get osteopenia, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Postmenopausal women

Osteopenia is when bones lose mass and weaken, but not enough for a diagnosis of osteoporosis.
It happens most commonly in women who have gone through menopause. Other risk factors are low weight, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chronic use of steroids. It can only be diagnosed with a bone density test. See your doctor to find out if you're at risk for osteoporosis.

In brief: Postmenopausal women

Osteopenia is when bones lose mass and weaken, but not enough for a diagnosis of osteoporosis.
It happens most commonly in women who have gone through menopause. Other risk factors are low weight, family history of osteoporosis, smoking, excessive alcohol, and chronic use of steroids. It can only be diagnosed with a bone density test. See your doctor to find out if you're at risk for osteoporosis.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
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In brief: Vit d

Also check for vitamin d.

In brief: Vit d

Also check for vitamin d.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 40% of women age 65

40% of women are osteopenic at age 65.
(a dexa scan and a frax score can help doctors decide what treatment to recommend.).

In brief: 40% of women age 65

40% of women are osteopenic at age 65.
(a dexa scan and a frax score can help doctors decide what treatment to recommend.).
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