Osteoporosis Prevention | Symptoms and Risk Factors
Osteoporosis, or bone loss, affects nearly half of all women over the age of 50. In most cases, women don’t know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone or suffer a fracture. When left untreated, osteoporosis can lead to severe pain and difficulties with performing everyday tasks. Tasks include bending down, sitting, and lifting. Learn more about osteoporosis prevention and ways you can help reduce your risks for the disease.
Schedule an appointment with your OBGYN to undergo bone density screening to find out your risks for osteoporosis. Don’t allow it to go undetected until you fall or suffer a fracture. Here’s how to prevent the onset of osteoporosis before it even starts.
Know osteoporosis risk factors
Osteoporosis commonly affects females over the age of 50 who tend to have small body frames. However, older females can still develop osteoporosis regardless of size or frame. Common osteoporosis risk factors include the following:
- Lack of calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients support the growth and development of strong, healthy bones.
- Lack of exercise. Strength-training and weight-bearing activities are most effective at keeping your bones healthy and strong.
- Smoking. Nicotine and cigarettes increase the rate of bone loss.
- High alcohol intake. Consuming more than two alcoholic beverages per day interferes with bone growth and formation.
Osteoporosis prevention with early detection
A bone density screening is the only way to detect and diagnose osteoporosis before you exhibit symptoms. A bone density test can learn whether you have weak bones and determines the current status of your bone density. Talk to your OB-GYN about undergoing bone density screening so you can take steps right away to improve your bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
Get treatment for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can be effectively treated through healthy lifestyle changes when caught early on. For instance, calcium and vitamin D supplements can aid in the development of stronger, healthier bones. In addition, regular exercise can strengthen your bones and overall immune system function. Your OB-GYN may also prescribe medications that can help rebuild bones or prevent further bone loss from occurring.
Your OB-GYN will also discuss how to lower your risk of falling, which increases the risk of fractures. For instance, start wearing shoes with good traction, install grab bars in your shower, or start using a cane or walker.
The board-certified physicians at Women’s Care are dedicated to providing the gold-star standard in women’s healthcare. Each of our Physician Care Groups has a distinctive style and practice that can be tailored to fit your individual needs. For more information about how WCF can help you take care of you, contact us to schedule an appointment.