Osteoporosis is being called a disease that occurs as we age. Bones lose density and mass which cause them to become weak, brittle, and easily broken.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that
54 million Americans have osteoporosis; also known as low bone mass. Bone breaks often occur in the hip, spine, and wrist.
Getting diagnosed is easy and would start with a conversation talking to your doctor. The test is a simple bone mineral density (BMD) test like a DEXA scan and can identify osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs.
So who should get tested? It is recommended that women age 65 or older and men age 70 or older get tested for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men. For women, osteoporosis is more common after menopause.
OK so, does Medicare cover osteoporosis testing? Medicare plans cover the full cost of bone mass measurement testing once every 24 months for people who meet certain criteria. Some people may be covered more often if determined medically necessary.
Remember, check your medications and review with your doctor. Some medications may also have side effects of reducing bone mass.