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Osteoporosis affects more than 44 million Americans. Women are four times more likely than men to develop this metabolic bone disease. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that by the year 2025 the costs associated with osteoporosis will approach $25 billion.
Osteoporosis is also called fragile bone disease and is characterized by loss of bone density. Less bone density causes bones to become weak and increases the risk for fracture. Any bone in the body may fracture, although the hips, vertebral bodies, and wrists are common fracture sites related to osteoporosis. Left unchecked and untreated, osteoporosis can progress to cause physical deformity and loss of stature.
Normal bone (left) - Osteoporotic bone (right)
You can’t feel your bones growing weaker and may not know you have osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. Although you cannot change your gender or race, many aspects of life are controllable. Considering that osteoporosis is usually preventable, take steps now to discuss your risks with your doctor.
Risks You Can’t Control
Drugs and Disorders That Increase Risk
Our comprehensive diagnostic process includes:
Depending on the outcome of your DXA scan, your doctor may prescribe medication to either prevent or treat osteoporosis. The type of medication depends on many things including your gender, age, fracture risk, and status of your osteoporosis.
Your doctor will provide advice about the calcium and Vitamin D supplementation, eating calcium-rich foods, weight-bearing exercise, and lifestyle choices.
It’s never too early or late to adopt healthy habits to keep your bones strong. Our staff cares about your health and can help you either prevent osteoporosis, or control its progression.