NTx test for Bone Loss

I haven’t had a DEXA test for years. I truly don’t believe in them. They were invented by the drug companies to sell their bone drugs and they only measure density, not quality of bone, so I think they are irrelevant. Since there has never been any studies that connect the density of bones with the incidence of fracture then the Dexa is not important, except to sell drugs.

We can lose up to 10% of bone in our menopausal years but then the loss slows down until it is less than 1% per year. It is a good thing to test and see where you are in that pattern. For that you can take a N Telopeptide urine test. This measures the protein breakdown in the bones. So a healthy pre-menopausal woman might get a score in the 40s. During the ten years pre and post menopause the test could go up to 60 or 70 but then it should settle down to around 50 in your later years.

You can have the test without a doctor’s participation online from directlabs.com for $65- and it would be best to have one before you wear the weight vest or do any of the remedies on this segment. Then you can have another in 6 months and see if your bone loss has stabilized or if you need to take further measures to prevent bone loss.

When you pay for the test you will get instructions on collecting the urine and there is a list of local labs you can take it to. Some states do not permit using labs without a doctor’s prescription so hopefully you don’t live in one of those.