Bone loss in Women and the Dangers of Osteoporosis
As women age, they experience a loss of bone strength and bone mass. Coupled with the fact we are all living longer lives, osteoporosis is becoming a common health issue for both women and men, although women are four times more likely than men to get osteoporosis in the general population.
Unfortunately these changes in our bones might not be readily evident until a fall or other accident that results in a serious bone fracture and possible long-term issues with mobility. In women we see this most often in the hips or legs. Many women may notice a loss in height or a “widow’s hump” form on their spine — sure signs of serious bone loss.
We will review your risk factors for osteoporosis including:
- Family history of osteoporosis, fractures
- Medical conditions
- A history of cancer
- Early menopause
- Prolonged use of certain medications
In addition to reviewing your family and medical history, we provide comprehensive evaluation of osteoporosis including:
- Bone density testing
- Specific blood testing, drawn in our office
- Consultation with an endocrinologist specializing in bone density problems and osteoporosis management when needed
A well-rounded diet and a calcium/magnesium supplement will help stem the bone loss and maintain bone health for everyone. Regular exams in our office and periodic bone density scans will reveal any impending problems that need immediate attention.