Bone Density

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Bone density is an important factor in how vulnerable your bones are to dangerous breakages, fractures, or calcium osteoporosis. It can be measured in several different ways, all of which are non--invasive. If you suspect a deficiency of vitamins and minerals in your diet is leading to weakened bones, talk to your doctor and find out whether testing the density of your boned would be useful.

A bone density test measures the thickness of your bones in places where they are likely to break: the hip, wrist, and spine. The test will compare your bones to a standard set for your age and sex, defined as "age matched," and also to a standard set for someone of your age and sex who is in very good shape and has excellent health, called "young normal." This test can help you discover how much of a risk you run of a dangerous, incapacitating break based on the density of your bones.

When Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

If you are a Caucasian woman age 55 or older, you should visit your doctor to discuss a test. If you fall outside of this group, you will most likely not need a test. Instead, talk with your doctor about ways you can increase bone density naturally.

There are supplements you can take that boost the level of minerals in your body that keep your bones healthy. To find a supplement that's right for you, look for calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc. These minerals are the most important for keeping your bones healthy after they have stopped growing.

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