Everyone hopes to age gracefully. Sadly, the future might be completely different for people afflicted by Osteoporosis. It is normal that it afflicts elderly, however by realising that bone density and quality decays earlier might put you always in a warning mode. Nevertheless, for the Osteoporosis patients, seeking Osteoporosis treatment is basically to reduce bone loss and stimulate bone growth. To ensure your medications are prescribed effectively for you, a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) test could be done to measure the changes in the bone mineral density.

Datuk Dr. Lee Joon-kiong, a practicing Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at JK Lee Orthopaedic & Traumatology, Assunta Hospital, Beacon International Specialist Centre and Advanced Neuroscience & Orthopaedic Centre in Malaysia, said,

A bone density test determines if you have Osteoporosis; a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. However, by that time your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test enhances the accuracy of calculating your risk of breaking bones. DXA scan is recommended to confirm the results.

Other than that, Dr. Lee who is also the President of Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (OASKLS), explained that ultrasound; a screening test that is sometimes offered at events such as health fairs is essentially used to detect problems with your bones early on. Ultrasound is quick, painless, and does not use potentially harmful radiation like X-rays. One disadvantage of ultrasound is that it can not measure the density of the bones most likely to fracture from osteoporosis which are the hip and spine. If results from an ultrasound test find low bone density, DXA still has to be used to confirm and monitor the disease.

Before being screened for osteoporosis, you may want to think about what you will do if the tests show that you have a high chance of getting osteoporosis. The higher your bone mineral content, the denser your bones are. And the denser your bones, the stronger they generally are and the less likely they are to break. Bone mineral density tests differ from radionuclide bone scans. Bone scans require an injection beforehand and are usually used to detect fractures, cancer, infections and other abnormalities in the bone. Doctors use bone density testing to: Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone; determine your risk of broken bones or fractures; confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis, and monitor osteoporosis treatment.

Nevertheless, a bone mineral density test is suggested for all women 65 years old and above, and younger women who are at increased risk for broken bones caused by osteoporosis and also men with risk factors for osteoporosis, such as being older than 70. Besides that, people who lose height at least 1.6 inches or 4 cm in height that may possibly have compression fractures in spines.

Moreover, people who suffer fractured bones which bones become so fragile to the extent sneezing and cough will cause fractures. People who have received transplants in addition are subjected to this test as well as women who experience remarkable drop in hormone levels.

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