Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Do I Need a Bone Density Test?

Tuesday, 09 Feb 2010 10:43 AM


Question: I am 50 years old. Do I need a bone density test?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Big Pharma would have us believe that almost every woman over 50 years of age needs a bone density test and also needs to be treated for bone loss. However, there is little scientific evidence showing this regimen will result in a lower fracture risk. What it will do is cost a lot of money and give people a lot of side effects.

Most bone mass density (BMD) tests compare bone age to a young woman in her 20s. Everyone has a lower bone density at age 50 compared to age 20 because everyone loses bone as they age. If we compared nearly any aging marker, from most hormone levels to skin elasticity, most aging markers decline as we age.

I do not feel BMD testing should be the sole marker used to determine if one needs to take a life-long expensive medication that is associated with numerous side effects.



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