-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Osteopenia is the medical term for low bone
density. A diagnosis indicates you may be at risk of a more severe
form of thinning bones called osteoporosis, according to the
National Osteoporosis Foundation.
If you have osteopenia, it's time to protect your bones from
thinning even more. The lower your bone density, the greater your
risk of a fracture.
The foundation suggests performing weight-bearing exercises,
getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D, limiting alcohol intake
and avoiding smoking.
Some people with osteopenia may need to start taking medication
to stabilize or reverse loss of bone mass. They may also require
regular doctor visits and bone density tests. Speak to your doctor
about what he or she recommends.
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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