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Bone Health and OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is a disease that causes one’s bones to become weak, resulting in a break to the bone. Sometimes the breaks can occur from just a minor fall. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), one in two women and nearly one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, osteoporosis often times has relatively no symptoms until one breaks a bone. There are minor things that often times occur. One is loss of height, which is actually related to breaks, and compression of the bones of the spine. These types of breaks sometimes produce back pain, and often times it occurs before a major bone is broken, such as in the hip or wrist.
Fortunately, there are things that can be done to strengthen ones bones and prevent breaks. One option is undergoing a DEXA scan, which measures the density of bones to determine if one suffers from osteoporosis. Another is lab work that can determine the level of Vitamin D in the blood. Vitamin D is vital to the absorption of calcium, which is what helps make our bones strong. There are other labs too that are important to determine if one is suffering from osteoporosis. The Trinity Bone Health Clinic will conduct a thorough medical history and examination to determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis. Your provider will discuss ways to diagnose the disease through a DEXA scan and lab work. If one is diagnosed with osteoporosis, your provider may discuss starting a medication to help strengthen the bones as well as supplements of calcium and Vitamin D. They may discuss ways to avoid falls and even recommend exercises or physical therapy, if indicated. Changes in diet, as well as smoking and drinking alcohol, can also affect ones bones.