Bone Health Lab Tests: Discover Any Skeletons in Your Closet

Skeleton as example of good bone health
Skeleton as example of good bone health

Bone loss is a problem for more than half of Americans aged 50+

It’s never too late to start improving your bone health. Our bones support us and protect our vital organs. But approximately 10 million Americans over 50 have osteoporosis and nearly 44 million have low bone density, putting them at risk of fractures. Make no bones about it, get a lab test to learn how you can support your skeletal system.

What do bone health lab tests look for?

  • Evaluates your risk of osteoporosis, low bone density and other bone related issues
  • Profiles your bone biomarkers, bone marrow and the rate of bone turnover
  • Assesses your levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important to bone health


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Lab Testing for Bone Health

As we get older, we experience progressive loss of bone mass. The good news is that it’s never too late to take care of your bones. And the best place to start? Knowing your numbers. Put your bone health into your hands with a blood screening today.

Parathyroid hormone blood test is used to detect parathyroid disease

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In addition to the identification of parathyroid disease, the parathyroid hormone (PTH) intact blood test is used to evaluate other disorders that affect calcium balance.

Osteocalcin is often used as a biomarker for the bone formation process

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If your health practitioner is concerned about certain bone diseases, this test will assess serum levels of osteocalcin, a calcium-binding hormone. High levels may indicate the need for further evaluation.

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Throughout our lives, old bone is constantly being removed (resorption) and replaced with new bone (formation) to maintain a healthy bone structure. The blood test for C-telopeptide assesses the rate of bone turnover, which can be particularly useful for older individuals.

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Tests for calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body

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Checking for abnormal ionized calcium levels can help health practitioners assess for several diseases and and certain conditions that alter your levels of albumin.

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Healthy bones are especially important to women who have gone through menopause or are estrogen-deficient. This test checks your levels of deoxypyridinolin (DPD), which indicates your rate of bone resorption.

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Bone loss often occurs as a result of an imbalance between bone reabsorption (disappearance) and bone formation. This test measures a marker of active bone formation, which gives those concerned about bone disorders an accurate picture of their risk.

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Bones are made up largely of type-I collagen, a protein network that provides strength, and calcium phosphate, which hardens the bone. This test evaluates bone health by measuring the concentration of cross-linked N-telopeptides of type I collagen.

Measures calcitonin, involved in the regulation of blood calcium levels

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This blood test analyzes serum levels of the hormone calcitonin, which is involved in blood calcium regulation and bone maintenance.

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