Bone minerals like calcium and phosphorus assist in building bone tissue. Bone tissue gives bones the strength to withstand any pressure that can lead to fractures and is continually being lost and ideally is regenerated at a rate that keeps the bones strong.
Healthy bone density is between -1 and -2.5. When bone tissue regeneration does not keep pace with bone tissue loss your bone density can fall below -2.5 indicating a condition known as osteopenia a precursor to the more serious osteoporosis. Healthy bone tissue appears mostly solid, with what might be described as pinholes in it. In people with osteoporosis instead of pinholes, there are gaps in the bone tissue.
Those who have osteoporosis are more susceptible to fractures. Yearly, two million broken bones in the US alone are attributable to the disease. It is estimated that in the next eight years broken bones resulting from osteoporosis will generate $25.3 billion in medical costs.
Life Line Screening is now using Bindex the latest bone index screening technology. Bindex is a product of European medical equipment manufacturer Bone Index Ltd. As with all Life Line Screenings, the object of a bone index screening is early detection to help avoid a more serious health issue.
Initially, osteoporosis is symptomless so it is important to know that risk factors include being postmenopausal, a tendency to consume large amounts of alcohol, and a sedentary lifestyle. Low calcium intake tobacco use, and being small framed are additional risk factors. Hispanics, those of Asian descent, and Caucasians are especially at risk for osteoporosis.
If you fall into one of the at-risk groups listed above or are experiencing sudden back pain, deteriorating posture, loss of height, broken bones (fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip are of special concern) you should schedule an appointment for a bone density screening during one of the 15,000 screening events that Life Line Screening holds nationally.
During the quick and painless screening, Bindex will measure the middle one-third of the surface layer of the tibia (shin bone) using pulse-echo ultrasound technology to measure bone density and determine if you have or are at risk for osteoporosis.
There is no special preparation involved. Don’t wear pantyhose because the screening will involve removing your shoes and socks. Individuals who have osteoporosis or risk factors for it should be screened yearly.
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