The New York Times just published a very good article on osteopenia.

It’s great to see that the media is finally catching on to this bogus diagnosis!

As we explain on our website: The term osteopenia was created shortly after the development of the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. There was no medical basis for developing this term or choosing how it would be defined. (Any woman who scores between –1 and –2.5 on her DEXA scan is told that she has osteopenia.)

In addition, as  Steve Cummings, MD, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, points out, when the term was developed, no one paid attention to the fact that it would result in half of all postmenopausal women being told they had this “disease”—with the implication that they should begin taking bisphosphonates to treat it. But these drugs don’t aren’t effective if you don’t have osteoporosis. Furthermore, we should be treating the disease osteoporosis, not a test!

You can learn more about osteopenia and how it should be managed here.

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