Definition of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes thinning of the bones. This makes bones break more easily. Osteoporosis most often affects women who have been through menopause, but can affect younger women and men as well.
Risk factors for osteoporosis
You are more likely to have osteoporosis if you have a small bone structure, a family history of the disease, or previous bone fractures. Cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, inadequate amounts of calcium or vitamin D, a sedentary lifestyle and certain medications can also contribute to osteoporosis.
Presbyterian Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Consultants uses a simple, painless test to determine if you are suffering from osteoporosis. Called a DEXA Scan, or bone densitometry, the test is administered at our office and can allow us to start treatment before you break a bone.
There are many treatment options available to treat or stop the progression of osteoporosis, including calcium or vitamin D supplements and weight bearing exercise. Many medications are also now available to treat osteoporosis.