What monitoring should be performed for prevention of osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Regular monitoring may be helpful. Periodic bone densitometry helps in diagnosing osteoporosis in the early phase and aids in preventing fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, evaluating BMD on a periodic basis is the best way to monitor bone density and future fracture risk. [4] However, there is considerable controversy about how often to repeat BMD measurements, particularly in postmenopausal women with a normal baseline BMD. [241]

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