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Health Tip: Learn the Benefits of a Bone-Density Test

Health Tip: Learn the Benefits of a Bone-Density Test


(HealthDay News) -- A bone-density test can help your doctor determine if you have osteoporosis or are at risk of the disease. The test measures the amount of bone in your spine, hip and other parts of your skeleton.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation says a bone-density test can help:

  • Your doctor diagnose osteoporosis or a weakness in the bones. This can give you and your doctor more information after you've already broken a bone, or help you to avoid a future fracture.
  • Check the progress or improvement of your bone density.
  • Check the effectiveness of osteoporosis medication.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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