Low bone density is defined as an abnormally low density level that causes bone fragility, but doesn't qualify as osteoporosis. People with this condition are more likely to come down with osteoporosis and to suffer broken bones. Bone density testing is done to determine whether someone has a regular or lower-than-average density level.
If a person does have low bone density, it doesn't necessarily indicate a loss of bone; it could simply be down to genetics or physical factors. Low density levels are more common among older people. Testing is reported according to a T-score, where anything between 1.0 and 2.5 is considered low density. Bone density testing can help doctors identify your chances of breaking a bone within the next decade, and determine whether it would be wise for you to take medicine for osteoporosis.
If you are concerned about your bone density level, call South Bay Hospital at (888) 685-1595. For residents across Sun City Center, we provide advice, treatment, and surgery for a full range of conditions. You can also visit our website to find out more about our healthcare services.