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Dexa scans are the most commonly used test to measure bone mineral density. Your results from this test can also be a real help in monitoring your bone loss treatment plan. Your results can help you decide if you need to make adjustments in your plan.
What does dexa stand for?
Dexa stands for ‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry’. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is the best way to diagnosis osteoporosis.
This test is so accurate that your follow up dexa scan can be used to monitor treatment to learn if your treatment plan is working.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
An inactive lifestyle
Caucasian or Asian Descent
Frequent use of alcohol
Frequent use of carbonated beverages
Frequent use of caffeinated beverages
Diet low in dairy products, calcium & vitamin D
Family History of osteoporosis
Being thin or having a small frame
Postmenopausal, early or surgically induced – women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the 5-7 years following menopause
Absence of menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
Use of corticosteroids or anticonvulsants
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia or other eating disorders
Low testosterone levels in men
Asian Americans and Native Americans are at a significant risk as well
Concerned about bone density loss? Contact Carradine Chiropractic Center Incto find out how we may help.