What is the role of osteopenia in the development of osteoporosis in older, postmenopausal women during rescreening intervals?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, osteoporosis will develop in fewer than 10% of older, postmenopausal women during the following rescreening intervals [244] :

  • Women with normal BMD or mild osteopenia - Approximately 15 years
  • Women with moderate osteopenia - Approximately 5 years
  • Women with advanced osteopenia - Approximately 1 year

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