Thanks for the post. I believe I read about this somewhere before (probably on these boards)
I have a ''thing'' about DEXA machines. They're too much of a ''one size fits all'' kind of scan. What may be considered ''normal'' BMD for one person of a certain height, race, weight, gender, age etc. may ''not'' be considered normal for another person with differing statistics. But the DEXA machine doesn't recognize these differences!
As somebody else mentioned in a prior post (Starfish, I think it was), if these differences were to be taken into consideration, the pharmaceutical companies would lose out on a hefty portion of their profits - and we can't have that happening, now can we
apart from which, apparently these pharmaceutical companies have a major interest in the production of these DEXA machines, which work in their favor!
The FRAX indicator graph you mentioned does take the differential factors into consideration ''somewhat''. It's certainly not an accurate gage. Family history is an important factor, too. I DO have osteo in my family, but no family history of fractures, so they don't necessarily go together. The only time I ever had a fracture was when I was at my maximum bone density and still having monthly periods. I fell in a pot hole and got a hairline fracture of my wrist. It healed normally. I am now 5 years post menopause, with a diagnosis of osteo, -2.5 hip, -2.2 spine, slipped and fallen quite a few times, and haven't fractured anything
go figure! I had my first (and last) DEXA scan about 2 years ago. Am not planning on having any more done!
Take care and have a wonderful holiday season