Osteoporosis Awareness, Prevention & Treatment
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and can break more easily. Risk factors include:
- Eighty percent of those affected by osteoporosis are women.
- Osteoporosis can affect women at any age but about half of all women older than 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
- The chance of developing osteoporosis increases around the time of menopause. In fact, in the five to seven years following menopause, a woman can lose up to 20% of her bone density, making her more susceptible to osteoporosis.
- Other factors include family history of osteoporosis or broken bones, body weight and a medical history of broken bones during adult years.
While osteoporosis is not curable, it is treatable. There are many steps you can take to manage the disease and reduce your chance of breaking a bone.
Bone Density Screening
A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before you have symptoms and help you and your healthcare provider:
- Learn if you have weak bones or osteoporosis before you break a bone.
- Determine if your bone density is improving, getting worse or staying the same.
- Monitor how well an osteoporosis treatment is working.
- Makes it possible to treat the disease early, take steps to improve bone health, and reduce the chances of breaking a bone.
Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis should be at the top of your wellness list.
In-Office Bone Density Screening
The following practice groups are pleased to offer patients the convenience and comfort of having a bone density screening performed in the office with the flexibility to schedule on the same day as your regular checkup.
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