Bones not only connect our whole skeleton, but also numerous areas in medicine: from general medicine to rheumatology, urology, orthopaedics to gynaecology and laboratory medicine. That is why the diagnosis and treatment of decreased bone density is a crucial requirement for the long-term treatment of a metabolic disorder through medical collaboration.

A standardised and evidence-based management of osteoporosis has been developed around the world and also been adopted in Germany by the German umbrella association for osteology (Dachverband Osteologie - DVO).

When should bone density be measured?

Here are the most frequent reasons to have a bone density measurement taken:

  • Family disposition to osteoporosis
  • Chronic lack of movement (e.g. paralyses)
  • Menopausal women who smoke: smoking blocks the effect of oestrogen in bones early, meaning that bone density decreases faster when there is a lack of oestrogen, e.g. in the menopause
  • Underweight and malnutrition
  • Men with a testosterone deficiency
  • Long-term & cortisone therapy