Pretend you overhear a conversation about skeletal health while on the bus. A woman is saying, “You wouldn’t believe this new doctor I’m seeing! I had all my blood tests done and they all came back great, except for low on vitamin D. And what does the doctor do? She tells me I should get a bone checkup for osteoporosis! Now you know I eat lots of food with calcium in it, and get this, my calcium blood levels are normal! What kind of doctor thinks you can get osteoporosis when your calcium levels are perfectly fine? I’m not getting that silly bone checkup.”
What would you be thinking during this conversation? If you were this woman’s doctor, how would you explain the recommendation to get a bone density test?