OSTEOPOROSIS - The Silent Bone Thinner
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Osteoporosis is called the "silent disease" because it doesn't produce symptoms until a bone breaks. It thins and weakens the bones making them
extremely fragile and more likely to break at the hip, spine or wrist.
Osteoporosis affects 44 million Americans, 80 percent of them are women but men are also at risk.
Osteoporosis can strike at any age and in people of all ethnic backgrounds.
Who is at risk for Osteoporosis?
- Thin or small build
- Diet low in calcium
- Inactive lifestyle
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Use of certain medications such as steroids or thyroid hormones
- Postmenopausal or early menopause (before age 45)
- Bone density tests can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs.
- Predict your chances of fracturing in the future.
- Determine your rate of bone loss
During the test the patient lies on a padded table while the unit scans the body. No injection or invasive procedure is involved.
The patient remains fully clothed.
Talk to your doctor about scheduling a bone density test.