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