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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin, weak and easy to break or fracture.

Who Gets Osteoporosis?

Women and men. Mostly post-menopausal women and men over age 60, however, younger women and men can develop osteoporosis when certain risk factors are present. It affects over    Americans. 

What are the Risk Factors: 

  • Age

  • Smoking

  • Certain medications, especially steroids such as prednisone.

  • Small body weight

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Excessive alcohol intake

  • Caffeine use

What are the signs or symptoms? 

Osteoporosis does not usually cause symptomns, however, it can cause back pain an loss of height. 

How Is it diagnosed:

The best study is a Bone Density Study or DEXA. This is a special type of X-ray that takes pictures of your shoulder and hips. If artificial hips are present, the wrist can be tested.

How is it Treated?

Medications and life style changes. Usually medications are needed. Adequate Calcium and Vitamin D is required as well. 

What can I do to prevent Osteoporosis? 

Of course we cannot change our genetic make-up, but there are things that can be done to reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.