One out of every four women over the age of 65 has osteoporosis, which is a condition that makes you more susceptible to fractures. But you can take steps in your younger years to reduce your risk of developing this bone condition. Tina Mehta, DO, FACOG, and Melissa Kushlak, DO, FACOG, at Elite OB/GYN are women’s health experts and can help you keep your bones healthy. Call the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, practice today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes your bones to weaken. Your bones are made of living tissue that’s constantly being created and broken down. Osteoporosis develops when new bone production can’t match bone loss, creating thinner, weaker bones that are at greater risk of fracture.
Osteoporosis affects both men and women, but of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, eight million are women. Women are more susceptible to osteoporosis for a number of reasons, including:
Your estrogen protects your bones and the loss of estrogen, which occurs as you approach and reach menopause, increases your risk of bone loss.
You may not have any symptoms of osteoporosis until you break a bone, which most often occurs in the hips, wrists, and spine. Spinal fractures can lead to a number of noticeable symptoms, including:
A spinal fracture may also be why you’re a little shorter than you used to be.
Your specialist at Elite OB/GYN recommends a bone scan to assess bone health and risk of osteoporosis. A dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan is the most common test, and uses a low-level radiation to measure bone density. You should get a bone scan if you’re over 65 or have risk of factors of osteoporosis, such as a recent fracture, family history, or you’re a smoker.
If you have osteoporosis, your specialist at Elite OB/GYN may prescribe a medication that helps promote bone growth or prevent bone loss. You may also need to take a calcium and vitamin D supplement. Your specialist may also talk to you about ways to make your environment safer to prevent falls and bone breakage.
Yes, you can prevent osteoporosis. If you have concerns about bone health, talk to your specialist at Elite OB/GYN about what you can do to help improve bone health now and as you get older. This may include supplements, diet changes, and exercise.
For expert medical care that meets all your needs, call the women’s health specialists at Elite OB/GYN or book an appointment online.