My previous bone density test was done ten years ago at age 60, and the test scores for spine and hips were normal.
This time, at age 70, my test scores were again normal. No sign of osteoporosis. No need for bone medication at all.
Having normal bone density is quite remarkable, because my mother had osteoporosis, resulting in numerous bone fractures every time she fell. She lost quite a bit of height and was very frail.
Osteoporosis is prevalent among white and Asian women. Also, loss of estrogen, a sedentary lifestyle, taking steroid medication, smoking, and drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day often result in brittle bones.
People think that taking calcium supplements will help boost their bone density. However, too much calcium can lead to a heart attack, because plaque in the arteries consists of calcium.
We achieve maximum bone mass in our early twenties. We draw from this bone “bank” when we lose bone density as we age. People who have a lot of bone mass in their bone bank do not get osteoporosis.
I am so glad I have normal bone density and don’t have to take medication for osteoporosis. I am very lucky, indeed.
My next test will take place 3 – 5 years from now.
P.S. I got the above information from the Mayo Clinic website and also from one of my doctors.