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January 15, 2002

You can't tell from the outside if you have brittle bones.

It takes a special test to determine if you have osteoporosis-- and more than 450 people have already taken advantage of a free screening for the disease. The SOWEGA Council on Aging is partnering with Merck and Darton College this week, offering free osteoporosis screenings in 11 counties.

The two minute test can result in years of better health. All it takes is a foot, a little gel, and the $30,000 machine goes to work, measuring bone density.

This is the first time Dot Staines is getting screened for osteoporosis, "This was my husband's idea, which is wonderful and he is willing to come with me which makes a difference." Dot, lives an active lifestyle, and seems to be doing everything right-- but her T-score is negative 1.6.

That means the test shows Dot is losing a little bit of bone mass.

Dot says she plans to follow up-- doing whatever she can to stop the disease from progressing, "Besides taking additional calcium, walking program this will be very important." Important since the effects of osteoporosis can be slowed down with early detection and early treatment.

There will be a free screening for osteoporosis at the Bainbridge Senior Center Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Posted at 5:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com