The diagnosis of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

M. Janet Barger-Lux, Robert R. Recker

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Estrogen deprivation reduces bone mass, accelerates bone remodeling, and weakens bone structure. Under current guidelines, the diagnosis of osteoporosis rests heavily upon bone mass, measured as BMD. This approach can be questioned, however, by the facts that fracture resistance is more dependent on age than BMD, and treatment agents with antifracture efficacy have little effect on bone mass. We outline a comprehensive set of considerations to exclude other possibilities and support a diagnosis of osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurrent Topics in Osteoporosis
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789812701220
ISBN (Print)9789812561534
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2005


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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Barger-Lux, M. J., & Recker, R. R. (2005). The diagnosis of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. In Current Topics in Osteoporosis (pp. 144-157). World Scientific Publishing Co..