What Is Osteoporosis?
Men and women are more prone to develop osteoporosis (porous or brittle bones) as they age. However, women are more likely to have this disease than men. This is particularly true if they are older than age 60. In fact, The International Osteoporosis Foundation has determined that approximately 200 million women worldwide have the condition. Since the condition develops over the course of many years, and without visible signs, it’s important to get tested.
If you think you are at risk for developing the condition, book an appointment with us. We perform tests to determine if you have osteoporosis: The FRAX test will show if you are at risk. Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of having the disease. They include:
- Family History of the Disease
- Being Caucasian
- Being Inactive for Long Periods of Time
- Excessive Smoking & Drinking
- Having a Diet Low in Vitamin D
- Long-Term Use of Corticosteroids
- Eating Disorders
Since osteoporosis is often a silent disease, it’s essential to visit us for a bone density test in San Antonio. This is especially true if you are 65 or older, or you have a history of it in your family. Other signs that indicate you may be suffering from brittle bones include:
- Bone Fracture from Minor Movement
- Neck or Back Pain
- Loss of Height
- Stooped Posture
What Is the Difference between Osteoporosis and Osteopenia?
Just because the results from your scan are positive, doesn’t necessarily mean you have the disease. For instance, your bone mineral density may be lower than average, but not qualify you for osteoporosis. If so, you could have osteopenia. Even though having this condition means there is a greater risk of developing osteoporosis, there are effective ways to improve your bone density and even avoid it.
Call us at 210-910-5032 today to schedule an appointment, locate important provider information, office locations and hours, and much more.
Bone Health: Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis
Trust our bone health specialist to help your bones stay strong and healthy. Thanks to modern medicine, we have many ways to protect you from the severity of osteoporosis, as well as treat it. For instance, lifestyle changes minimize bone density loss and brittle bones. Also, exercising and eating foods that are rich in calcium are proven ways to strengthen bones and minimize the risk of bone thinning.
Even if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are also medications that reduce your symptoms and even strengthen your bones. Treatments include using bisphosphonates, raloxifene, and hormones. Allow our physicians to determine the course of action we need to take if you are concerned about osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Call 210-910-5032 to schedule a bone densitometry with our physicians. We proudly serve patients in San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding areas.