Osteoporosis is a disease that impacts your bones. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, that means you have bones that are thin and brittle. Like a sponge, your bones have a lot of holes in them, which can cause the bones to easily break. Osteoporosis affects millions of adults, usually women 50 and older.
Bone Density Scans (DEXA)
DEXA scan is the standard for measuring the density of your bones. It is a low-dose x-ray that takes readings of your bone density. The results are calculated by a specialized computer and then interpreted by a trained physician. For most, it is a simple and painless procedure that takes 15 minutes. A bone density scan can determine if you have osteoporosis.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors
- Age 50 and older
- Family History
- Low Body Weight
- Broken Bones or Height Loss
Controllable Risk Factors
- Not enough Calcium and Vitamin D
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Getting too much protein, sodium and caffeine
- Inactive lifestyle
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Losing weight
There are also medications and diseases that can cause bone loss and increase your risk of osteoporosis. For more information on osteoporosis, visit The National Osteoporosis Foundation.
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