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4 Tests to Get if You’re Worried About Osteoporosis

March 2nd, 2018

Learn about 4 tests that can help you protect your bone health

Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is a common problem that can affect both men and women as they age. Individuals with osteoporosis are more prone to fractures, which are at the very least painful and at the worst debilitating or even fatal.

Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent” condition because many people don’t realize they are affected until they actually have a fracture. Fortunately, there are tests that can help you understand your bone health and your risk for osteoporosis. Armed with this information, you can take steps to promote healthy bones and prevent debilitating fractures.

Here are the 4 most important tests that can give you the information you need to protect yourself from osteoporosis:

Bone Density Testing: There are a variety of tests that can measure the density of your bones to determine if you have lost enough bone density to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. One of the most common is a DEXA scan that can measure spine, hip, or total bone density.

Genotype Testing: Your genotype has an impact on how your body absorbs, processes, and stores nutrients. If you have certain genes that have been linked to low blood calcium levels, this means that your body will be more likely to have to pull the calcium it needs for healthy cellular function from your bones. Over time, this can lead to osteoporosis. Gx Nutrient is an at-home genetic test that can reveal how your genes affect your body’s use of calcium and other vital nutrients.

Calcium Blood Testing: Just because your genes put you at risk for low blood calcium doesn’t necessarily mean you are calcium deficient. Calcium blood testing can be used to assess your actual calcium levels and determine if and how much you need to supplement calcium.

Hormone Testing: Many hormones including testosterone, DHEA, progesterone, and estrogen have a protective effect on bone health. When levels of these hormones decline with age, bones can become more vulnerable. In fact, age-related hormonal decline is the root cause of osteoporosis in the majority of cases. Hormone testing can be used to check your levels of these key hormones and develop a personalized treatment plan for bringing them back up to a healthy, youthful range. This will not only help protect against osteoporosis, but also help relieve a myriad of symptoms associated with aging.

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If you are concerned about osteoporosis or any other signs and symptoms of menopause, andropause, or aging in general, contact Renew Youth today.

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