Bone Density Measurements

How to read your bone mineral density (BMD) test

One way to measure the health of your bones is through a bone density test. In the US, bone density tests are recommended for all women over 65, and for women under age 65 who are at high risk for bone fractures. In fact, many people start their calcium routine after getting the results of a bone density test. But you don't have to wait. Os-Cal® supplements can help maintain strong and healthy bones.* Ask your doctor if a bone density test makes sense for you.

The most commonly used test is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

Bone density tests compare bone mass with an established norm or standard. A bone density test is the best way determine bone health.

How to read your results:

Bone Density Measurements

Normal: Bone density is within 1 Standard Deviation (+1 or -1 SD) of the young adult mean

Osteopenia (low bone density): Bone density is 1 to 2.5 SD below the young adult mean (-1 to -2.5 SD)

Osteoporosis: Bone density is 2.5 SD or more below the young adult mean (> -2.5 SD)

• Severe (established) Osteoporosis: Bone density is more than 2.5 SD below the young adult mean, and there has been one or more osteoporotic fractures

As defined by the World Health Organization

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