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UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic
Step 1: Self Evaluation
Step 2: Bone Density Testing
Step 3: Specialist Examination
Step 4: Nutrition and Supplements
Step 5: Strength, Balance and Posture
Step 6: Personal Treatment Plan
Do You Need a DEXA Scan?
Medicare has established guidelines that recommend DEXA scans for certain people:
  • estrogen-deficient women at clinical risk for osteoporosis;

  • individuals with vertebral abnormalities;

  • individuals receiving long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy;

  • individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism; and

  • individuals being monitored to assess the response of osteoporosis therapies approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for:
  • all women over age 65; and

  • all women under the age of 65 who have one or more risk factors for osteoporosis in addition to menopause.
If you are a man, a premenopausal female, or someone else who does not fit into any of the listed categories, you may still be able to get a DEXA scan if you feel you are at high risk for osteoporosis. Be sure to discuss your risk factors with your physician.

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