Osteopenia

WHAT IS OSTEOPENIA?

Osteopenia occurs when the bone mineral density is lower than normal, but is not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Low bone mineral density causes the bones to be weaker than normal.

Osteopenia is most commonly found in the elderly and post menopausal women. Other risk factors include having a family history of osteoporosis, low calcium and vitamin D levels, early menopause, smoking, inactive lifestyle, age, excessive alcohol consumption, long term use of medications such as corticosteroids for rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, and extreme dieting. There are usually no symptoms that occur with osteopenia. Having osteopenia puts you at a high risk for getting osteoporosis.

Osteopenia is diagnosed by taking a bone density scan.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to improve your calcium and vitamin D levels. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your blood test results and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Osteoporosis Australia

REFERENCES

Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders