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How does a urine test for osteoporosis determine bone density?

In people with osteoporosis, the body is active is breaking down bone and removing bone byproducts through the urine. Therefore, a urine test such as Ostex can identify if your body is removing bone rapidly. A positive result would suggest a higher possibility of osteoporosis. Such a test does not measure the amount of bone already lost or indicate the stage of osteoporosis, but it can be used to tell if a treatment for osteoporosis is working. A doctor may order this test within a few months of treatment to gauge the treatment’s effectiveness.
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