Bone Mineral Density Tests (cont.)
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Who Should Have a Bone Mineral Density Test?
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Certain factors are associated with an increased risk of developing osteoporosis (see Prevention of Osteoporosis). Take a one-minute osteoporosis risk test from the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
If a person has any of these risk factors or other signs of osteoporosis, a doctor may recommend that bone mass is measured. Risk factors for osteoporosis include the following:
According to current recommendations in the United States by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the following individuals should have a bone mineral density test:
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