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When should I call my doctor if I have osteoporosis?

When to see your doctor about osteoporosis depends on how high your risk of having a fracture might be. Bone density is just one of several factors that influence your risk. Endocrinologists (physicians specializing in the treatment of metabolic illnesses such as osteoporosis) recommend that a person receive treatment for osteoporosis if the T-score in your bone density test is -2.5 standard deviations (SDs) or lower and if no other medication or disease is causing bone loss.

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