Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects millions
of men and women throughout the United States. Not only does osteoporosis
gradually weaken bones, making them more prone to fractures, but the associated
bone loss can be irreversible. According to the National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, one out of every
two women over age 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in
their lifetime. That’s twice the rate of fractures in men — one in four.
Bone Density Testing
The only way to tell if you have osteoporosis
is by measuring your bone mass through a specialized bone density test. A bone
density test can help:
- Detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs.
- Predict your future chance of fracture.
- Determine your rate of bone loss and/or monitor the effects of treatment if the test is conducted at intervals of a year or more.
It is recommended that you have a bone
density test based on these guidelines:
- All women 65 years of age or
- Baseline test between ages of
40-50 and then one test two to three years after the onset of menopause
- Testing at the onset of menopause
if considering hormone therapy
- All women who have been receiving
hormone replacement therapy for a prolonged period of time
The St.Vincent Osteoporosis Center offers state-of-the-art technology in bone density testing, as
well as educational information and osteoporosis risk assessments.
Prevention and Treatment
The best treatment for osteoporosis
is prevention. And, prevention begins at an early age. Building strong bones
and living a healthy lifestyle are important elements in preventing
osteoporosis. In fact, regular exercise and adequate calcium and Vitamin D consumption
by adolescent and young adult women can increase bone mass, which can reduce
bone loss and lower risk of fractures in later years. It’s important to talk with
your doctor to learn more about the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
For more information, please call the
St.Vincent Osteoporosis Center at (317) 338-9595 or toll-free at (866)