Does Osteopenia Mean I Have To Change My Lifestyle? Before you develop osteoporosis, you may be diagnosed with osteopenia, which means you have some bone loss, but not enough to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. It may be tempting to think you don’t need to worry about a small degree of bone loss. Does it mean you have to do anything differently?

You do need to make changes — osteopenia progresses to osteoporosis. Some people with osteopenia may never develop osteoporosis, but a “wait and see” approach is not worth the risk of further damage to your bones. Now is the time to make changes, including taking a vitamin D supplement and a calcium supplement, being more physically active, eating a healthy diet, and giving up smoking and excessive drinking. You may also want to talk to your doctor about whether medications you are taking or other health conditions you have could be causing bone loss.