Results of a new study show that bone mineral density tests may not need to be done quite as often as was previously thought. Women over the age of sixty five are often directed to have the test performed every other year in an attempt to closely monitor bone health, but that could be a bit too often for low risk subjects.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied the bone mineral density data of more than five thousand women who were 67 or older over a fifteen year period. According to researchers’ analysis, it would take much longer than the previously prescribed two years for women who fell into the highest range of bone density to be at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Based on the findings of the study, women who are aged 67 or older and have a normal bone mineral density may be able to safely wait as much as a decade before they need to undergo the test again.
This is very good news for a group of women that probably would have been considered “high risk” as a whole. Learning that a good bone density now may eliminate the need for annual or semi annual tests in the near future could eliminate plenty of worry in many women’s lives.
There are also a number of things that you can do to lessen your chances of developing osteoporosis. Changes in diet to include more calcium and regular weight bearing exercise are both great ways to help strengthen bones. Consult your doctor or health care provider for a list of safe and appropriate exercises that you can perform to help with bone density. Your doctor or health aid will also be able to suggest a list of calcium rich foods and possibly even nutritional supplements that will help increase bone strength as well.