Osteoporosis is the leading cause of hip and leg fractures for women in the postmenopausal phase of life and affects 44 million people over the age of 50 each year. As your hormone levels decline, it can affect many areas of your health, especially your bone health. At Aventura OB/GYN & Associates in Miami and Hallandale, Florida, the experienced team of gynecologists is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating progressive bone loss, using state-of-the-art bone density scans. To learn more about available treatments for osteoporosis, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to become weak and brittle, significantly increasing your risk of breaks and fractures with even the slightest stress. In some cases, bone brittleness is so severe that you can fracture a hip just by coughing.
This progressive condition often affects women in their menopausal years. Bone naturally breaks down, and healthy bodies are constantly producing new bone tissue. With osteoporosis, new bone growth isn’t able to keep up with the loss of old bone.
While osteoporosis can affect women and men of all ages, women who are past menopause are at highest risk of developing the condition. Declining levels of estrogen and progesterone can lead to osteoporosis.
Other risk factors for osteoporosis include:
You may also be at increased risk for osteoporosis if you aren’t physically active, or if you frequently use alcohol or tobacco.
The scan is a painless test that uses low levels of X-rays to measure the amount of minerals, including calcium, remaining in your bones. Bones with low levels of these minerals are less dense and at a greater risk for fractures and breaks.
Typically, your hip, wrist, and spine are at greatest risk of bone loss, and your doctor uses a bone scan to measure these key areas, as well as other bones in your body.
If your doctor determines you’re at risk for developing osteoporosis, or if the condition is already affecting your health, they may recommend prescription bisphosphonate medications to stop additional bone loss.
If you’re already postmenopausal, your doctor may start hormone therapy to help maintain your bone density.
You may also need to make lifestyle changes including quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol consumption to protect your bone health. Your doctor also assesses your fall risk to prevent bone injuries and may advise you to make changes to your home, such as adding grab bars in your shower and removing trip hazards on the floor and stairs. Wearing nonslip, low-heel shoes can also prevent slips and falls that can lead to bone fractures and breaks.
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