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Old 07-31-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Dexa scan: Tscore vs. Z score

does it seem appropriate to compare our bones (bones of older women) to those of young adults? if i look at my T score i get scared because it has gotten worse , in the spine from - 2.7 to - 3.6. but the Z score isn't as bad; i am also very small boned; I do believe i have some degree of bone loss but how much, i don't really know. I just don't understand comparing the bones of post menopausal women to 20-30 year olds and coming up with an accurate assessment of our bones; thoughts? I must also say I am scared to take any of these drugs used for osteoporosis; i take calcium supplements and exercise every day (walking and lo impact aeorobics); now they say you have increased risk of heart attack if you take calcium supplements- ya just can't win this game, can ya?

 
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Re: Dexa scan: Tscore vs. Z score

HI filly1, i agree that comparing our scores to those of much younger women does leave a lot to be desired. Until we start getting baseline DEXA's at a much younger age we won' be able to tell if our scores are accurate or not. And there is also no way of telling if you've always had low density or if it is a result of aging or other causes. I think a better way to measure bone health would be to test bone strength instead of density. Hopefully in the future this kind of test will be available.

I just read an article stating that the study was done on older women and no other factors were taken into consideration when coming up with the results. Like everything else that comes down the pike its a matter of reading and then deciding what is the right thing to do.

You might want to add weight training to your exercise routine. Its the pull of the muscle against the bone that makes it stronger and denser. take care...phyllis

 
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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Re: Dexa scan: Tscore vs. Z score

Hi: thanks for your response; i don't really know how to get involved in a weight lifting program; i have 3 pound weights now and i do a few exercises with these weights but i don't know if what i do is the right thing to build bone; is there a book or somewhere online that I could go to get this info? thanks again.

 
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HI, the best way to get started would be to talk to a physical therapist who could get you started on a safe routine. Or you could go to a gym, explain your osteo concerns and see if one of the trainers there could help you. You can look up osteoporosis exercises online and go from there or find books at your local library that could help you get started. I'm a fan of exercise videos and have a collection that i do both at home and work. Your dr. could recommend exercises or give you an order to see the physical therapist at your local hospital. If you start looking around you'll find many sources of info. Happy hunting, if i can be of help just ask. take care...phyllis

 
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