Osteoporosis literally means “porous bone” and refers to decreased bone mass and deterioration of the bone. People who have osteoporosis have an increased risk of hip and spine fractures.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, 10 million people in the US alone currently have osteoporosis. Low bone mass, or osteopenia, affects another 34 million in this country.
Osteoporosis can develop in anyone; however, some risk factors for developing osteoporosis included the following: age 50 or older, female gender, family history of broken bones, Caucasian or Asian American ethnicity, small bone structure, low body weight (less than 127 pounds), frequent smoking or drinking, and low calcium diet.
There are no symptoms of osteoporosis and the first indication may be a fall that results in a broken bone. Adults of all ages need calcium, vitamin D, and exercise to maintain everyday bone health and help to prevent osteoporosis. Weight bearing exercise is an important preventative factor.
To find out if you have osteoporosis, you should have a bone density scan. This simple test involves the patient lying on a cushioned table and being exposed to very little radiation. East Valley Internal Medicine offers bone density testing in our facility for the convenience of our patients.
Take the opportunity this May to discuss osteoporosis with your healthcare provider today! 480-821-3821
Since its inception in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough. We have listed a few skin cancer prevention tips below:
- Seek the shade, especially between the suns peak hours of 10AM and 4PM.
- Do not let your skin burn
- Avoid Tanning and UV Tanning Booths
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Examine your skin head to toe every month, noting changes in moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks or new marks on your skin.
- Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications. Some common prescription and over the counter drugs including antibiotics; certain cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes medications; and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)— can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the side effects of any medications you take. If they increase your sensitivity to sunlight, take extra precautions to stay out of the sun in order to protect your skin.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam
Make an Appointment with your Provider and discuss your skin concerns today. 480-821-3821