Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)
Early diagnosis of bone loss is highly important to prevent or slower the disease. Bone loss is defined as osteopenia and its advance stage as osteoporosis. It is essential for the patients, especially for the ones in menopause period, to make measurements regularly under doctor control.
When the Bone Mineral Density Should be Measured?
Bone mineral density measurement is an examination method mostly needed in women patients after the post menopause period..
It is also a method used for;
- Menopause after surgery (removal of ovary and uterus),
- Early menopause (younger than 45 years old),
- Osteoporosis occurred with medical treatment (steroid),
- Osteoporosis caused by physical inactivity,
- Idiopathical Osteoporosis,
- Thyrotoxicosis, hyperparathyroidism and some endocrine diseases,
- Follow up of post menopause patients,
- Hypogonadism in men and
- Idiopathical back pains after 60 years old.
Bone Structure and Environmental Factors
The person’s life style contains significant factors that affect the bone structure. Physical activity and proper nutrition are the most important ones among them. Insufficient activity and nutrition, smoking in the years, when bone development is fast, causes bones to be less density than normal. A serious disease in youth needed long bed rest may prevent to gain a normal bone density. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the best reached bone density in the first 20-25 years of the life the less osteoporosis is that will occur later.
You can have your bone density measured with the bone densitometer technique in an easy, economic and painless way so that you can be sure about your health situation. You can also take precautions against the possible risks consulting your doctor.