Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease affecting thousands of women. Over time, bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Most often, the disease affects older women, many of whom lose up to 20 percent of their total bone mass in the first five to seven years following menopause.
State-of-the-art bone densitometry studies, available in the Breast Health Center, measure bone mineral density of the lumbar spine, hips and forearms. Scans are performed by trained, state-licensed radiologic technologists. The test is safe, quick and non-invasive. Experts interpret results based on comparative data according to age, ethnicity and weight from the national Osteoporosis Foundation. A summary report is promptly forwarded to your physician.
Women can monitor their bone health in relation to the variety of risk factors for osteoporosis:
- Thin, small-boned frame
- Broken bones or stooped posture in older family members
- Hormone deficiency due to menopause or other conditions
- Advanced age
- Diet low in calcium
- Inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Routine bone density testing will help detect the onset of osteoporosis. If you are over the age of 40 with at least one risk factor, ask your physician for a referral. New treatments are now available to help prevent bone deterioration and loss.
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