Protect Yourself From Bone Loss
(BlackDoctor.org) — Many people do not fully understand what osteopenia is. To explain, it is a mild form of bone loss—meaning that bone loss has not progressed to a point where breaks are likely to occur. Regardless of your bone density measurements, if you have osteopenia and then break a bone, your doctor will immediately bump up the status of your condition to osteoporosis. To prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis from developing, it’s important to take bone health seriously.
Having osteopenia rather than its more severe related condition, osteoporosis, doesn’t mean you’re not at risk for a fracture—it just means you haven’t had one yet.
Women sustain the majority of osteoporosis-related fractures that are actually in the range of osteopenia, which is why it’s important to be aware of the condition. If you wait to be concerned with bone loss until you’re at the point where it’s so severe that you’ve broken a bone, you’re missing the opportunity to reduce the risk of fracture.