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    DGMorgan posted:
    Are women (and men for that matter) over the age of 75 less likely to get a BMD screening or prescription treatment for osteoporosis? Does that likelihood change if they have had a fracture?
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    bonebabe responded:
    No, they're more likely because age is the biggest risk factor for osteoporosis. We had a male patient come in a few months ago who was 102!! We couldn't believe it when we saw his info come across the computer. We really thought "why in the world do this?" He was amazing. Walked erect, was alert, wanted to drive (!) and had been on osteo meds for 12 years. We even made up a recall card to see him again in two years!

    About the fracture - having one nonviolent fracture (any fracture from a standing position) makes you twice as likely to have another. It is also a red flag to get a bone density test if you've never had one and is pretty much an automatice recommendation for osteo RX.

    Studies show that within a year, half of people who've had an osteoporitic hip fracture will die from complications from that fracture - so...doctors are quick to put patients at risk on meds. This risk of not taking the medication is far greater than any side effect one may get from the medication.
     
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    Susan Allison, RNC, BSN, MPA responded:


    Being 75 or older should not decrease the likelihood of bone density testing and treatment. In fact, more people in this age group should take steps to prevent broken bones and their potential disabling effects. This includes bone density testing and treatment when necessary. With people living into their 90's and beyond, preventing hip fractures and therefore maintaining a good quality of life, it's even more important.


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