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Osteoporosis Risk Factors are Topic of Free Talk by URMC Expert

Monday, September 29, 2008

A free program on osteoporosis, Fit to a T, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Hahnemann Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane, located on the campus of The Highlands at Pittsford, off of Rt. 31, just east of the village of Pittsford.

Many people know their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but few know their "T-Score." J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will explain how risk for bone fractures is determined through a DXA, or bone densitometry scan and what the resulting T-Score means.

Puzas also will discuss why some people are susceptible to osteoporosis, what the long-term consequences are, and how to avoid it with lifestyle changes and/or medication. Time will be allotted for questions.

Fit to a T is third in the nine-part health and wellness series, To Your Health!, presented by The Highlands at Pittsford and the University of Rochester Medical Center, to inspire and educate older adults about health issues specific to their needs. The programs are taught by URMC’s faculty of distinguished physicians and other providers affiliated with Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, the Eastman Dental Center, Visiting Nurse Service and other affiliates of the Medical Center.

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