No Bones About It:

The "Who, What and Why?" of Bone Density Scans

(August 2010)

Bone health is very important at all ages. Fractures, often due to poor bone strength, are a major cause of disability and health care costs worldwide, but with a healthy diet, exercise, proper supplementation and regular screenings, the progression of bone loss can be prevented or slowed. Supplementation is often done with Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin D.


As with any health condition, early detection is critical to proper treatment and prevention of bone loss. Monitoring of Bone Density (DEXA scanning) is an easy way to detect early signs of bone-related diseases such as Osteoporosis. A silent disease that causes complications once a fracture occurs, Osteoporosis is when bones become thin and weak, and risk of fractures is increased. The most common fractures are in the spine, but may also occur in the ribs, hips, and wrists. Once a fracture occurs, one is at greater risk for future fractures, so prevention is key.


Risk factors that increase your chance of fractures from Osteopenia or Osteoporosis may include:


  • Past fractures from Osteoporosis
  • Very low bone density (DEXA scan)
  • Frequent falls
  • Limited movement such as using a wheelchair
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Rhematoid Arthritis
  • Eating disorders in the past/present- Anorexia/Bulemia
  • Ulcerative colitis, Chron's disease, IBS
  • Chronic, intermittent long time use of oral, inhaled, intravenous steroids (prednisone,glucocorticoids)
  • Other medicaitons such as: Seizure medication (Phenytoin), blood thinners (Coumadin/heparin), high doses of Vitamin A over long extended period, and Tomaxifen to name a few


You can take crucial prevention steps by obtaining a DEXA scan of the spine and hip to measure your T Score and Z score. These measurements define your risks and help guide your physician's recommendations to ensure optimal bone health. At the Raby Institute you can obtain a DEXA scan in the office at the time of your annual physical exam, or if you know you have risk factors as mentioned above. DEXA scans are completely covered by Medicare and most insurance providers.


Inquire about obtaining a DEXA scan the next time you are at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine or email us at or more information.



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