Bone Health & Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Prevent Fractures with Early Detection

After the age of 50, one in three women and one in five men will experience a bone fracture as a result of osteoporosis—yet most people are not even aware that they have it. Generally, osteoporosis has no visible symptoms until the first fracture occurs. Early detection can help prevent bone density loss, fractures, and the loss of height that results from spinal fractures over time.

Who is at risk for osteoporosis?

  • Women and men over 50
  • Women are at a higher risk than men
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • A previous fracture
  • Ethnicity
  • Post-menopause or hysterectomy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Long-term use of cortical steroid therapy
  • Primary/secondary hypoglandism in men

If you have one or more of these risk factors, it's time to have a baseline DXA scan. DXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, a scan that measures bone density.

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