Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable.
Unfortunately, 75% of women with osteoporosis go undiagnosed and untreated. A simple screening test can help your health care provider determine your risk of developing osteoporosis before you fracture.
Hometown Pharmacy can provide an ultrasound screening of the heel and fax the results to your healthcare provider to help determine your risk of suffering a fracture. The screening is simple, safe, and convenient. Simply call your Hometown Pharmacy to schedule an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest!
A bone mineral density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of minerals—namely calcium—in your bones. This test is important for people who are at risk for osteoporosis, especially women and the elderly.
The test is also referred to as a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). It is an important test for osteoporosis, which is the most common type of bone disease. Osteoporosis causes your bone tissue to become thin and frail over time.
Why is a Bone Mineral Density Test Performed?
Your doctor may order a bone mineral density test if he or she is concerned that your bones are becoming weaker, you are displaying symptoms of osteoporosis, or you have reached the age when preventative screening is necessary.
The National Institutes of Health recommend that the following people get preventative screenings of their bone mineral density (NIH):
- all women over the age of 65
- women over the age of 60 who are at high risk for osteoporosis
- men over the age of 70
- people taking glucocorticoid medications (those prescribed for autoimmune disorders) for two months or longer
Women have an increased risk for osteoporosis if they smoke or have:
- chronic kidney disease
- early menopause
- an eating disorder
- a family history of osteoporosis
- a “fragility fracture” (a broken bone caused by regular activities)
- regular alcohol consumption (three or more drinks per day)
- rheumatoid arthritis
- a significant loss of height (a sign of compression fractures in the spinal column)