(AUDIO) Data from a long-term prospective study reveal that, for many older women, the pace of bone mass deterioration takes place on the scale of decades, not single years. Here, the lead author of the study describes how to interpret the results to choose the date for your own patient's next bone-density test.
Osteoporosis would develop in fewer than 10% of older, postmenopausal women during rescreening intervals of about 15 years for those with normal bone density or mild osteopenia, 5 years for those with moderate osteopenia, and 1 year for those with advanced osteopenia, according to a study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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