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How is the female athlete triad diagnosed?

A primary physician can diagnose the female athlete triad. The patient must have the three components of the triad, which include eating disorder (or restriction of diet in a patient who is exercising rigorously), a lack of a period for three months and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can be diagnosed by a bone density scan, which can be ordered by your primary physician if there is concern.

There are a couple of ways female athlete triad can be diagnosed. An OB/GYN can diagnosis the issue after learning about menstrual irregularities. Bone density scanning can be used to identify early signs of osteoporosis. Psychiatrists can diagnosis female athlete triad through identification of disordered eating.

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