All women ages 65 and older should receive routine bone-density screening for osteoporosis, according to updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
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"As the number of people over the age of 65 in the United States increases, osteoporosis screening continues to be important in detecting women at risk who will benefit from treatment to prevent fractures," Dr. Ned Calonge, president and CEO of the Denver-based Colorado Trust and chair of the task force, said in a news release. "Clinicians also should talk to their younger patients to learn if they have risk factors that mean they should be screened."
Among the additional risk factors are alcohol use, tobacco use, family history of bone fractures and low body mass, according to the task force. Additionally, white women have much higher rates of fractures and osteoporosis than women of other ethnic groups.
In its finalized recommendation, the task force did not specify an age limit for screenings, noting that the risk of osteoporosis increases with age. Additionally, according to the task force, there was not enough available evidence to make recommendations about routine osteoporosis screening protocols for men.
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