Be Mindful of Your Bone Health

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Is osteoporosis on your radar? If you are a woman, it should be. While this bone disease can affect anyone, women are much more vulnerable. In fact, by the age of 65, women are five times more likely to show signs of osteoporosis compared to men.

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density. Unfortunately, there’s not always a warning sign of this condition until you easily break a bone. Minor stresses on your bones that would otherwise not cause any harm can lead to a fracture or complete break in those who have osteoporosis. This is a serious skeletal condition that can not only cause fractures in weakened hips and wrists after falls but also a gradual collapse of the vertebrae in the back and neck. The collapse of the spine is what gives osteoporosis patients the trademarked “slumped over” appearance in their back. Many patients even find that they don’t measure as tall as they used to.

Preventing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis isn’t always preventable. Risk factors out of your control include being a female and a family history of this bone disease. However, there are things you can do to help lessen your risk or slow the progression of your bone deterioration.

A sedentary lifestyle only fosters bone density loss because there is a lack of stimulation and need within the bones.

Tobacco use has been linked to osteoporosis, and those who regularly drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day are also at greater risk.

Reports show that using corticosteroid on a long-term basis as well as certain medications to treat cancer and seizures may increase your risk of osteoporosis.

It is no surprise that “milk is good for your bones.” It’s not only milk, however. Any intake of dietary calcium will support the building blocks of your skeletal system.

Low levels of estrogen in women (and testosterone in men) can trigger diminishing bone density.

Do you have more than one risk factor for osteoporosis? You are not alone. However, we encourage you to work with our physicians at North Pointe OB/GYN to further evaluate your susceptibility for bone loss, as this can have a major impact on your quality of life as an aging adult. Contact our Cumming clinic today to learn more about osteoporosis and other health conditions that are common in females.

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