Bone Densitometry is a bone density test that measures the density of the bone’s minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Your bone density determines how strong your bones are. Bone strength indicates bone health. Weak bones lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Osteopenia is low density or low bone mass resulting in a greater propensity for fractures. Osteoporosis is low bone density resulting in easy fractures and greater difficulty in healing from those fractures.

The mass of bones is important. The average mass of the bone measures has a T-score between +1.0 and -1.0 meaning your bones are healthy. Osteopenia begins with a T-score of -2.0 and osteoporosis begins with a T-score of -2.5 to -3.0 or less.

As we age, we naturally lose density in our bones. Bone can increase in mass with the addition of certain minerals and or medicine. Calcium and collagen build bones in the body. To treat bone loss, consume plenty of calcium and see a doctor for a density test and if necessary, medicine to treat osteopenia or osteoporosis.