Osteoporosis is a process that develops within the bones and makes them fragile and more likely to fracture. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. According to studies, 25 percent of men and 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
A bone density or DEXA scan can determine whether or not you have osteoporosis. This test can also detect osteopenia, which is the transition state from normal bone health to osteoporosis and is the best stage to begin treatment. Osteoporosis is treatable with medication and lifestyle changes.
Although osteoporosis is most commonly a process of female aging, males can also develop this condition. Certain risk factors, including medications, smoking, immobility and family history, increase the probability of osteoporosis. Additionally, osteoporosis can occur with other associated systemic diseases.
We recommend consulting with your physician to discuss if a DEXA scan is right for you.
Specialists who treat osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis symptoms may include:
Women Are at Risk for Osteoporosis
Men and women lose bone strength as they grow older, but women have higher risk for osteoporosis because they frequently have smaller, thinner frames. The risk for women increases greatly following menopause, with the decrease in bone-protecting estrogen. One in two women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis, yet nearly 80 percent remain undiagnosed because symptoms do not occur until much bone strength is lost.
Risk factors for osteoporosis may include:
Reduce the onset of osteoporosis by getting:
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