I have now completed many hours of research from Journals, websites and blog's and found the following information.
T Scores are compared to a 30 year old healthy person so not realistic as I'm in my 50's and we loss BMD as we get older naturally as its part of the ageing process. Spine is 2.9 (L1-L5) and hip 2.5 (on the line)
Z Scores compares me to same sex/age scores come down to Spine 1.9 and hip 1.6 however I have also gone through the change and maybe my comparison had not! (10% difference also allowed). So in Osteopenia markings.
Risk factors to take into account I have gone through the menopause and have RA which I am told is added to the T score so because of this I went into Red instead of Amber.
I have never had a Vit D blood test - I have just requested one.
Another factor is losing Calcium again can be detected with a 24 hour urine collection but doctor says NO.
Parathyroid ok but again you should get it tested as it contributes.
The AA meds might increase bone density but they interfere with the osteoclast/osteblast which look after healthy bone...research now suggests that this can cause fractures!
Only my view point and not intended to sway anyone in any direction as we are all different but thinking now of increasing WB activities, Calcium and Vit D through diet or seeing a nutritionist for help.
Any comments greatly received I am just not happy to take a pill that can have negative outcomes! Are you - or have you followed a different route ??