Do I Have Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become so brittle that they break easily, even from a simple fall. Osteoporosis is caused by a loss of bone density and occurs when the body loses bone faster than it can replace it. Although everyone is at risk of developing osteoporosis, post-menopausal women are most likely to develop the condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?

Most people who develop osteoporosis don’t have any clues that they have the disease until it is in its more advanced stages. In the early stages of the disease, there are no symptoms. But easily broken bones, back pain, begin to hunch over, or notice a decrease in their height may have osteoporosis. Women who went through early menopause might be at higher risk.

Risks of Developing Osteoporosis

Some risks of developing osteoporosis are unavoidable, such as your gender or the age at which you go through menopause. But some risks can be mitigated. Consuming enough calcium helps your bones continue to replenish. You can also minimize risk by eating health, exercising, and consuming less alcohol. To help prevent the onset of osteoporosis, be sure to consume plenty of lean proteins, calcium, and Vitamin D.

How Is Osteoporosis Diagnosed and Treated?

Osteoporosis is diagnosed by measuring bone density. Treatment for osteoporosis is focused on minimizing injury, reducing the risk of breaking bones, and modifying lifestyle factors to prevent the osteoporosis from further damaging bones. Bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax and Reclast, are often used to treat osteoporosis, but they have serious side effects including nausea and heartburn pain. Other treatments include estrogen therapy and bone-density building drugs.

Preventing Osteoporosis

There are many steps you can take to prevent the development of osteoporosis, including lifestyle and diet changes. One of the most important things you can do is maintain a healthy body weight. If you are interested in learning more about weight loss programs provided by Dr. Katayoun Motlagh to help you prevent osteoporosis, contact our office today or schedule an appointment by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.

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