OSTEOPOROSIS: ARE YOU AT RISK?
Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects an estimated ten million Americans annually, 80% of whom are women over age 65. Approximately 34 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for the disease.
This bone-thinning disorder is responsible for one and a half million fractures each year at a cost of $15 billion for fracture care. Fifty thousand die each year due to complications related to osteoporosis; that’s why prevention, early detection and treatment are so very important.
In the past, conventional x-ray systems could not detect a potential problem until a patient had lost over 25-30% of bone density. Now, our highly sensitive densitometer can identify bone loss by measuring the amount of light received from a sample and displaying the result using a logarithmic output. This non-evasive procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes, is completely painless and provides your risk score in just a few minutes.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility which may result in bone fractures.
You may be a risk if you are:
- Small, thin framed
- Caucasian or Asian
- From a family with a history of osteoporosis
- Vitamin D and/or calcium deficient
- Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis
- Experienced premature menopause/hysterectomy
- Taking corticosteroid medications
- Prone to frequent falls
Certain lifestyle choices may impact the likelihood of you being at risk, including:
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
- A sedentary lifestyle