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What do the results of a heel density test for osteoporosis mean?

If your results fall in the categories of mild/moderate risk or high risk for bone diminishment, this does not absolutely mean that you have bone loss, although it is a possibility. Osteoporosis is a complex disorder, and no single risk factor should be used for diagnosis. Your physician will use your bone mineral density measurement along with your other clinical risk factors (gender, age, fracture history, family history, medications, smoking, exercise, calcium intake, and general health status) as an aid in deciding if you should have a DEXA scan—the gold standard in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.

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