A bone mineral density test is an easy reliable test that measures the density, or thickness, of your bones. It measures the amount of mineral (calcium) in a specific area of bone. The more mineral you have in the bone measured, the greater your bone density or bone mass.
A BMD test can:
When should a man have a BMD test?
It is important to speak to your healthcare provider to find out when a BMD test is appropriate for you. Your healthcare provider will consider your risk factors for osteoporosis (such as your age, your medical history including your history of broken bones, your parental history of osteoporosis and/or fracture and others) when deciding on the right time for you to have a BMD test.
The NYSOPEP Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for Men is a tool that you can use to identify your personal risk factors for osteoporosis. The completed assessment should be discussed with your healthcare provider. The tool can be used to empower your discussion with your healthcare provider about how to reduce your risks for osteoporosis and help your healthcare provider decide when a BMD test is right for you. Although risk factors may increase your likelihood of getting osteoporosis, having risk factors does not mean that you have or will get the disease. A BMD test is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis.
Guidelines have been established to determine who should have a BMD test. BMD testing is generally recommended for the following men:
You can take an active role in the promotion of healthy bones by: