If the test shows normal:
You have normal bone density. Exercise, adequate calcium intake and vitamin D are all important factors for maintaining healthy bones.
If the test shows Osteopenia (low bone density)
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce risk factors that can affect bone health. See list of risk factors on opposite page. Your doctor will also recommend a follow up test in 1- 2 years to monitor your bone density.
If the test shows osteoporosis
This means your bone density is low and at risk of fracture. Your doctor will probably recommend that you start treatment to stop further bone loss and prevent fractures. Lifestyle changes will also be recommended. A follow-up test is commonly conducted in one year to monitor your bone density and the effectiveness of the treatment.