Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a bone disease that can impede your efforts to stay healthy as you age, is one of the major healthcare problems of our time and still goes undiagnosed and unrecognized. If you are post-menopausal or have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be at risk.

We provide thorough osteoporosis screening, which may include bone density testing. Subsequent discussions will be tailored to your needs and concerns and will include recommendations for treatment and prevention through nutritional supplementation, exercise, and diet.

Risk Factors

Although both men and women can develop osteoporosis, your risk as a woman is much higher. Your About Women clinician will evaluate your risk factors, which may be related to age, racial or ethnic background, history of certain diseases such as glandular disorders, heredity, medications, and various dietary and lifestyle issues.

Who Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation currently recommends bone density screenings for women who are:

  • Age 65 or over
  • Postmenopausal and younger than 65, if they have certain risk factors
  • Entering menopause if they have factors that place them at increased risk for bone fracture
  • Have suffered a bone fracture after age 50
  • Have medical conditions or take medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss

Postmenopausal women who are discontinuing estrogen therapy should also be considered for bone density screenings.

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