Dr. Mark Alder, Radiology – Bone Health Tips

it's a health concern women don't worry about enough dr. mark alder from the ogden clinic says bone health should be at the top of our list we hear about osteoporosis a lot but just how likely is it that we might experience that in our lifetime very common the most likely reason that we have osteoporosis is because we're female and old however everybody has that opportunity males and females alike and there's a lot of things we can do to try and head that off before it's a problem for us well let's talk about the screening process at what age do you recommend women start getting screened for their bone density health or osteoporosis we recommend that everybody have a bone mint bone density scan a DEXA scan females one they're about 65 males one they're about 70 and a lot of people do a baseline bone density scan in their late 40s to kind of help know if they need to work on their bone density and to get some advice on how to go about this a little earlier than I thought in the 40s is does that age recommendation catch some people off guard yeah it kind of does yeah we kind of like people to think about it the same way you think about you know colonoscopy or a mammogram these are things we can do to make a little difference easy at an early point in your life that make a huge impact down the road anytime we're asking about screening I have to really dive in and ask about the process because people here the recommendation to get screened or get checked or get tested immediately they start to get a little nervous what is that screening process like typically it's really easy you're gonna make an appointment with your doctor it takes about 30 minutes it's the machine will touch you it's just like having an x-ray except it's much much lower radiation dose than an x-ray or even a mammogram and then a report goes to your doctor and they can make some recommendations on what to do next I was gonna ask about the radiation risk but that's very very low it's somewhere between 150th and one one-hundredth of the radiation dose of a mammogram which is extremely low dose well it's clear to see how important this test isn't like you said it's not too difficult it's not too intimidating or invasive how can people schedule an appointment for us they just call our clinic and we'll hook him up with radiology and make an appointment fantastic thank you so much for stopping by we appreciate it thank you we will be right back

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