Osteoporosis is a significant loss of bone density and strength that affects millions of women and men in the United States. The only way to tell if you have osteoporosis is by measuring the bone mass through a specialized bone density test.
Bones have a thick outer wall that is very dense and strong. Inside normal bone is a spongy, honeycomb-like structure. In people with osteoporosis, the holes of the honeycomb are greatly enlarged, making the bone less dense. Not only does osteoporosis gradually weaken bones, making them prone to fractures, but the associated bone loss can be irreversible.
The best treatment for osteoporosis is prevention. Adequate calcium consumption and weight bearing exercise by adolescents and young adult women can increase bone mass, which can reduce bone loss and lower risk of fractures in later years.
Bone density tests are provided at:
The Women's Center Erskine Medical Office Building 2020 Meridian Street, Suite 150 Anderson, IN 46016Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For information: (765) 646-8484 To schedule a test: (765) 646-8284