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.
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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:
It is recommended that you have a bone
density test based on these guidelines:
The St.Vincent Osteoporosis Center offers state-of-the-art technology in bone density testing, as
well as educational information and osteoporosis risk assessments.
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, or call 317-582-9300.
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