December 13, 2017
Women & Bone Density

Women & Bone Density

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you’re a woman over 65 and have had a normal result on a bone mineral density test, you may not need to be tested again for as long as 15 years, suggests a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Women should start being screened at age 65, but it has been unclear how often they need to be retested (those at high risk should begin earlier).

The new research, from the longest osteoporosis study, found that only 10 percent of women with good results on their initial test in their late sixties progressed to osteoporosis during the next 15 years.

For women with moderate bone loss (osteopenia), the estimated testing interval would be one to five years, depending on their age and other factors.