Maintaining healthy bones as we age is important. Osteoporosis is a complex disorder of the bone. It occurs when there is bone loss or limitations in bone production.  As a result, the bones become weak, thin, and brittle. Osteoporosis can progress without symptoms until a bone breaks. Osteoporosis can be prevented by determining your risk, early detection, and treatment. Risk factors that may increase your chances of developing osteoporosis are as follows:

  •  Family History Osteoporosis
  •  Personal History of Fracture or Falls
  •  Caucasian Race
  • Low Body Weight
  •  Poor nutrition
  •  Early Menopause
  •  Removal of Ovaries
  • Low Calcium Diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Certain Medications

The Woman’s Clinic offers a full body bone densitometer scan, or DXA scan, to better understand your condition. The bone densitometer calculates bone mineral density of specific bone sites that are most vulnerable to breaks due to osteoporotic changes. For more information about Osteoporosis visit here.