How do I interpret my BMD DEXA scan?

How do I interpret my BMD DEXA scan?

How do I interpret my BMD DEXA scan?

Understanding Bone Density Test Results

  1. A T-score of -1.0 or above is normal bone density. Examples are 0.9, 0 and -0.9.
  2. A T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 means you have low bone density or osteopenia.
  3. A T-score of -2.5 or below is a diagnosis of osteoporosis.
  4. The lower a person’s T-score, the lower the bone density.

What does BMD mean in a bone density test?

A bone density test determines the bone mineral density (BMD). Your BMD is compared to 2 norms—healthy young adults (your T-score) and age-matched adults (your Z-score). First, your BMD result is compared with the BMD results from healthy 25- to 35-year-old adults of your same sex and ethnicity.

What is a good Dxa score?

DXA Scan Results T-score of -1.0 or above = normal bone density. T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 = low bone density, or osteopenia. T-score of -2.5 or lower = osteoporosis.

What is a bad BMD score?


T-score Bone density
–2.5 or less Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is defined as a BMD 2.5 or more SD below the mean of normal young women. The lower the bone density, the greater the risk of fracture.

What should my bone mass be kg?

The skeleton of most males weighs between 2.5kg and 3.5kg. The skeleton of most females weighs between 1.5kg and 2.5kg. Your bone marrow can weigh up to 2-3kg on top of the weight of your bones.

How can I check my bone mass at home?

To do this at home, you can use a Tanita body composition monitor. Our bathroom scales send a very small electric current through your body. Since bones, fat, muscle and other tissue all conduct electricity at a different rate, the scale can then calculate your bone mass.

How often should a woman get a bone density scan?

How often you should have your BMD measured depends on your age and results of your previous DEXA scan. Women 65 years and older with normal bone mass or mild bone loss can have a test every 15 years. More frequent testing is recommended for women in this age group with T-scores between -1.5 and -2.49.

How can I increase my bone density naturally?

Here are 10 natural ways to build healthy bones.

  1. Eat Lots of Vegetables.
  2. Perform Strength Training and Weight-Bearing Exercises.
  3. Consume Enough Protein.
  4. Eat High-Calcium Foods Throughout the Day.
  5. Get Plenty of Vitamin D and Vitamin K.
  6. Avoid Very Low-Calorie Diets.
  7. Consider Taking a Collagen Supplement.