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Decreasing Your Risk of Fractures
Osteoporosis is a hidden disease that causes bones to thin and lose minerals. It can lead to bone fractures from a simple fall or merely lifting or bending. Because there are no symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed. Simple assessments performed by About Women Ob-Gyn can help you predict, prevent and treat osteoporosis. If you are post-menopausal or have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be especially at risk.
We provide complete osteoporosis screening. This may include bone density testing – a quick, low-dose X-ray. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can discuss your risk factors and provide information tailored to you, including strategies for prevention and treatment that may include nutritional supplements, exercise, and diet.
Although both men and women can develop osteoporosis, the risk for you as a woman is much higher. About Women Ob-Gyn can evaluate your risk factors, which may be related to age, racial or ethnic background, history of certain diseases such as glandular disorders, heredity, medications, and various dietary and lifestyle issues.
Who Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation currently recommends bone density screenings for women who are:
- Age 65 or over
- Postmenopausal and younger than 65, if they have certain risk factors
- Entering menopause if they have factors that place them at increased risk for bone fracture
- Have suffered a bone fracture after age 50
- Have medical conditions or take medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss
Postmenopausal women who are discontinuing estrogen therapy should also be considered for bone density screenings.
Even if you receive your routine gynecology care from your family doctor or other healthcare provider, we encourage you to contact About Women Ob-Gyn for specialized gynecology services, including: