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Women 65 and older SHOULD be screened for osteoporosis, says US Preventive Services Task Force; Task Force member, JABSOM’s Dr. Tseng selected to help make public announcement
Date: June 27th, 2018 in JABSOM News
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in women ages 65 and older, says task force member Chien-Wen Tseng, a professor of family medicine and community health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
The Task Force also recommends screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in women younger than age 65 years who have been through menopause and are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Task force recommendations often influence health care practices across the country.
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and can break or fracture more easily. These fractures, also called osteoporotic or fragility fractures, can result from a minor fall or injury that typically would not cause a break in normal, healthy bones. These fractures can lead to serious disability, loss of independence, decreased quality of life, and, in some cases, even death.
“While both men and women can develop osteoporosis, there’s less evidence to know whether screening and current treatments prevent fractures in men without a history of fractures. More studies are needed that look at how well treatments work in men who have not had a fracture,” says Task Force vice chair Alex H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H.
These final recommendations apply to older adults who do not have a history of prior fragility fractures or health conditions that could lead to weakened bones.
This recommendation statement has been published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as on the Task Force Web site at: https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications.