Our expert says:
Firstly- Fifty is not old!
Regarding the bone density measurement- This is measured in standard deviations above or below the normal. Your mother's density is 2.5 SD below the norm and that constitutes the diagnosis of osteoporosis. What this means is that her chances of fracturing a bone in future is +/- 10 times higher than those with a normal bone mass. This test is a predictor of fracture risk like cholesterol levels are a predictor of a heart attack. This does not mean that she will get this, but her chances to fracture are increased. Some people may have all the risk factors and not have osteoporosis and others may have no risk factors and still get osteoporosis.
A healthy lifestyle is very important- She needs at least 1000mg of calcium either in her diet or as a supplement.
No smoking and marginal drinking and the exercise needs to be weight bearing e.g. walking, running. She probably needs a more active medication to strengthen her bones and she needs to see a physician with a special interest in osteoporosis or have sufficient knowledge to treat this disease.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation can also be contacted on 0861102265 for more information.
Hope this helps.
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