Bone Breakdown: NTx Test

I just had my Annual Check-Up early yesterday morning and want to share a new test with everyone – especially for the ladies.  A good test to measure the rate of bone breakdown is through something called the N-telopeptide test (or NTx test).  This is a simple and non-invasive test: urinate into a cup; the doctor finds out your results.  A normal result is anywhere between 0.45 – 4.5 uIU/mL.  Why you want to do this: women have an increased risk of developing osteopenia (low bone density), which is a precursor to osteoporosis later in life.  During your 20s and 30s, you can rectify low bone density much faster than later on in life.  You can do so through increasing vitamin D (supplements, sunlight and food sources) and by weight training (adding a stress to the bone produces bone cells).  Treatment through supplementation and weight training is warranted once you know where you stand, so ask for the test! To learn more about other tests you should take at the doctor’s office, visit the the Health Checklist Channel.

 

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