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Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – A postmenopausal woman who is 50 and still shows "normal" readings on her bone density test may not need her next such test for 10 or even 15 years, a new study finds. However, researchers led by Dr. Margaret Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stressed that younger women who do show signs of bone loss are at high risk for a major fracture, and do require regular testing. The study involved almost 4,100 postmenopausal American women between the ages of 50 and 64 who took part in the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. All of the women had undergone a bone mineral density test to assess their risk for fractures and osteoporosis. The women were not taking hormones, calcium or vitamin D supplements. They also had never had a broken bone, the team said. The results: Among women whose tests showed no signs of osteoporosis, it took nearly ... Read more

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