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Osteopenia refers to bone density that is lower than normal peak density but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Bone density is a measurement of how dense and strong the bones are. If your bone density is low compared to normal peak density, you are said to have osteopenia. Having osteopenia means there is a greater risk that, as time passes, you may develop bone density that is very low compared to normal, known as osteoporosis.
Generally, you notice no pain with osteopenia, but Martha if you are having pain in your right knee and are concerned about walking on it, please call to speak with your primary care physician.
Exercise, calcium and Vitamin D supplements and a diet rich in eggs, salmon, sardines, swordfish, and some fish oils, along with milk are recommended.