Osteoporosis Screenings: Guidelines You Should Know - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/02

Osteoporosis Screenings: Guidelines You Should Know

If you are over age 65, you need a bone density screening. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force are recommending that for all women over 65 and for women at age 60 if they are high risk of Osteoporosis. The whole idea is to find the bone thinning disease before a woman suffers broken bones or other complications. You know, we're living longer today, so who wants trouble after 65 when they could have another 20 years of good health ahead of them?

The Task Force says there is plenty of evidence showing bone density is an effective way to find women at risk. And today, there are drugs that can help reduce the risk of fracture in women with low bone density. The task force says if you don't find Osteoporosis early and take action against it, 50% of women will have an Osteoporosis-related fracture by the time they are 85. The recommendations, which are published in the September 17th Annals of Internal Medicine, mark the first time the task force has called for routine Osteoporosis screening.

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